Author, captain, visionary, speaker, nonprofit leader

For 30 years, Captain Watson has been at the helm of the world's most active marine protection non-profit organization – Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.  Watson's career as a Master Mariner began in 1968 as a seaman with the merchant marines and with the Canadian Coast Guard. Watson was one of the founding members and directors of Greenpeace in 1972 and in 1977 founded Sea Shepherd where he has led over 200 expeditions at sea to defend and protect ocean wildlife.  Watson is a prolific writer and author. His published titles include: Shepherds of the Sea (1979), Sea Shepherd: My Fight for Whales and Seals (1982), Cry Wolf (1985), Earthforce!, (1993), Ocean Warrior (1994), and Seal Wars (2002). Watson is master and commander of the Sea Shepherd fleet and is about to set sail for the Mediterranean Sea where he will be defending the bluefin tuna from extinction.

Be sure to tune in Tuesday evening to hear his talk at TedXSF: