Sea Shepherd UK’s primary operations area covers:

England, Scotland, Wales, Jersey, Guernsey, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar

The objectives of Sea Shepherd UK are to conserve and protect the UK’s and the world’s marine ecosystems, habitats and species. Sea Shepherd UK endeavours to accomplish these goals through public education, investigation, documentation and, where appropriate and where legal authority exists under national or international law to enforce conservation legislation and prevent violations of the applicable treaties, laws and conventions meant to protect the oceans.

Sea Shepherd campaigns are guided by the:

United Nations World Charter for Nature: Sections 21-24

Sea Shepherd UK cooperates whenever possible with national and international law enforcement agencies.

Sea Shepherd UK adheres to the utilization of non-violent principles in the course of all actions in the protection of the oceans.

Sea Shepherd UK at times offers rewards for information leading to the successful conviction of individuals or groups for specific crimes against marine wildlife.

To report a crime or provide information – email: or call: 0300 111 0501


Sea Shepherd UK acts to uphold the following multinational (which include the UK) Conventions, Directives and Agreements:

  • The ‘Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’ (CITES)
  • The 1979 Bern Convention – ‘Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats
  • ASCOBANS – ‘Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic, North-East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas
  • The Bonn Convention – ‘Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals’ (CMS)
  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) 1992
  • The Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA)
  • The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (RAMSAR Convention)
  • The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (UNESCO World Heritage Convention)
  • The Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) 
  • The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR Convention)
  • Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter 1972 (The London Convention) and the ‘London Protocol 1996’

Sea Shepherd UK acts specifically to uphold the following UK legislation:

  • Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
  • Marine (Scotland) Act 2010
  • Countryside and Rights of Way (CRoW) Act 2000
  • Conservation of Seals Act 1970
  • Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981
  • Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985
  • Nature Conservation and Amenity Lands Order (1985) – for Northern Ireland
  • Environment (Northern Ireland) Order 2002
  • Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004
  • Natural Environment & Rural Communities Act 2006
  • Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 2007
  • Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010
  • Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009
  • The Conservation of Seals (England) Order 1999
  • The Control of Pollution Act 1974
  • Part II of the 'Food and Environment Protection Act 1985'

Sea Shepherd UK acts to uphold the UK’s obligations under the following European Community directives:

  • Directive 92/43/EEC (Water Framework Directive), under which Member States are required to protect and improve their inland and coastal waters
  • Directive 2008/56/EC (Marine Strategy Framework Directive) to achieve good environmental status in their marine environment by 2020.
  • Directive 2009/147/EC on the Conservation of Wild Birds (Birds Directive) 
  • Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (Habitats Directive).
  • European Union, Regulation 1774/2002