Sea Shepherd’s sole mission is to protect and conserve the world’s oceans and marine wildlife. They work to defend all marine wildlife, from whales and dolphins, to sharks and rays, to fish and krill, without exception.
Sea Shepherd was founded by Captain Paul Watson in 1977. Since then it has grown into a worldwide movement with independent national and regional entities in over 20 countries. These groups are united by a common mission through the Amsterdam-based Sea Shepherd Global, established in 2013, which coordinates finances, communications, logistics and a fleet of ships to cooperate on direct-action marine conservation campaigns around the world. Sea Shepherd Global is a non-profit registered in the Netherlands as “Stichting Sea Shepherd Global” led by CEO Captain Alex Cornelissen. Sea Shepherd Global operates autonomously – both fiscally and legally – from the US-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS).