Thanks to our generous supporters, passionate volunteers, and hard-working crew, in Sea Shepherd’s 40th year we conducted 25 direct-action marine conservation campaigns, more than all the campaigns from 1977-2000 combined! 

From the Antarctic and the Gulf of Guinea to the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of California, our worldwide fleet of eleven ships (and growing!) worked in partnership with local authorities to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, removed hundreds of kilometers of deadly fishing nets, and gathered evidence to help bring poachers to justice. Our on-shore campaigns protected endangered sea turtle nests, helped put an end to captive marine mammal breeding in France, and removed tons of dangerous marine debris from beaches around the world. Ongoing operations were conducted to stop the slaughter of dolphins in the Faroe Islands, shut down the salmon farms contaminating British Colombian waters, and put an end to the illegal transport of shark fins in Southeast Asia.

Click on the links below to learn more about each campaign:

  1. Operation Nemesis: 11th Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign
  2. Operation Albacore: Campaign to Stop Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing in Gabon
  3. Operation Sola Stella: Campaign to Stop Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing in Liberia
  4. Operation Siracusa: Campaign to Stop Poachers in the Plemmirio Marine Reserve, Italy (On-Shore)
  5. Operation Jairo Med: Turtle Defense Campaign in Italy (On-Shore and at Sea)
  6. Operation Nyamba: Sea Turtle Defense Campaign in Mayotte, France (On-Shore)
  7. Operation Apex Harmony - Timor Leste: IUU Fishing and Shark Defense Campaign in East Timor
  8. Baltic Sea Campaign: Harbor Porpoise Defense in the Baltic Sea
  9. Operation Pahu: Hector’s Dolphin Campaign in New Zealand
  10. Operation Jeedara: Great Australian Bight Defense Campaign, Australia
  11. Operation Humboldt: National Park Defense Campaign in Chile (On-Shore)
  12. Lac Leman Campaign: Swan Protection Campaign in Switzerland’s Leman Lake (On-Shore)
  13. Operation Mare Nostrum: Ghostnet Retrieval Campaign in the Mediterranean
  14. Operation Bloody Fjords: Pilot Whale and Dolphin Defense Campaign in the Faroe Islands (On-Shore)
  15. Operation Milagro: Vaquita Defense Campaign in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico (SSCS)
  16. Operation Apex Harmony: Shark Defense Campaign, Australia (On-Shore)
  17. Marine Debris: Worldwide Campaign to Reduce and Remove Marine Debris from the Oceans and Shores (On-Shore)
  18. Operation Virus Hunter: Contaminated Fish Farm Campaign in British Columbia (SSCS)
  19. Operation Ice Watch: Baby Seal Defense Campaign in Canada (On-Shore) (SSCS)
  20. Galapagos: Ongoing Campaign to Protect the Galapagos Marine Reserve (SSCS)
  21. Operation Good Pirates of the Caribbean: Hurricane Relief Operation in the Caribbean (SSCS)
  22. Operation Ghostnet: Ghost Net Retrieval Campaign in the Gulf of California, Mexico (SSCS)
  23. Cuvier's Beaked Whales Research: Marine Wildlife Campaign around Guadalupe Island, Mexico (SSCS)
  24. Operation Treasured Islands: Campaign to Protect Sharks in the Eastern Tropical Pacific (SSCS)
  25. Operation 404: Campaign to End Marine Mammal Captivity (On-Shore)

Watch the message from Sea Sepherd Global CEO Alex Cornelissen below, and help Sea Shepherd continue our mission to Defend, Conserve and Protect the oceans and marine wildlife in 2018 by making a donation today.