Sea Shepherd was founded in 1977 by Captain Paul Watson in Vancouver, Canada, with the mission to protect and conserve all marine wildlife. Originally established under the name Earth Force Society, the group’s first mission was to sail its newly-purchased vessel, the Sea Shepherd, to the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Eastern Canada to stop the annual slaughter of baby harp seals. Later that year Captain Watson hunted down the notorious pirate whaling vessel, the Sierra, and rammed it in a Portuguese harbor, thus ending its infamous career as the scourge of the seas and cementing Sea Shepherd’s reputation for direct action tactics to stop poachers.
Officially incorporated as the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 1981, today the movement has entities established in over 20 countries, a fleet of ten vessels known as Neptune’s Navy, and thousands of passionate volunteers working together on direct-action campaigns around the world.
Paul is a marine wildlife conservation and environmental activist from Toronto, Canada. Watson was one of the founding members and directors of Greenpeace. In 1977, Watson left Greenpeace and founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Watson has served as Master and Commander on seven different Sea Shepherd ships since 1978 and continues to lead Sea Shepherd campaigns. Alongside his crew he has starred in seven seasons of Animal Planet's television series Whale Wars.
Watson has received many awards and commendations over the years. In 1996, Watson was awarded an honorary citizenship to the French town of St. Jean Cap Ferrat. Previous to that he was made an honorary citizen of the Florida Keys in 1989. Other awards include Toronto City TV's Environmentalist of the Year Award for 1990, the Genesis Award in 1998, and he was inducted into the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2002. He was also awarded the George H.W. Bush Daily Points of Light Award in 1999 for his volunteer efforts with conservation activism. He was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the environmental heroes of the 20th Century in the year 2000.
Established in 1977, our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans through innovative, direct-action campaigns, and government partnerships to help enforce international conservation laws. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.
The official publication of Sea Shepherd, published for the Society’s 40th anniversary.
200 pages with 180 colours illustrations. Size 28.5 x 37.3 cm, hardcover binding