The Campaigns

These are the current Sea Shepherd campaigns,
as we work to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.


Off the back of Sea Shepherd's most successful campaign to date, Operation Zero Tolerance that saved 932 whales, Sea Shepherd launches its 10th Antarctic whale defence campaign, Operation Relentless, managed by Sea Shepherd Australia. During the past nine seasons, Sea Shepherd’s direct-action interventions have saved the lives of more than 4,500 whales and exposed illegal Japanese whaling to the world.

The last three seasons, we sent the whalers home with just a fraction of their kill quota, with last year less than 10%. Japanese whaling is a dying industry — continuing only due to government pride and massive subsidies. Hundreds of millions in debt, the industry cannot continue to sustain such huge financial losses.

Japan stated that the attempt to kill whales in the 5th “survey” district was completely abandoned due to relentless interference by Sea Shepherd.” With your help, Operation Relentless is shaping up to be a monumental success for the whales — never give in, never surrender, Operation Relentless.

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Sea Shepherd has been active in directly intervening where dolphins are threatened. In 1982, we negotiated an end to the dolphin slaughter of Iki Island, Japan. We sent crews to Taiji, Japan, in 2003 and 2004, and to the Solomon Islands

Taiji Dolphin Slaughter: Cove Guardians

Stop the senseless slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan

Faeroe Islands: Operation Ferocious Isles

End the butchering of pilot whales in the Faeroes

Sea Shepherd has employed our unique brand of direct action against the killing of dolphins in the Faeroe Islands and Japan.

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On multi-faceted fronts, Sea Shepherd is waging an all out battle to save sharks from the threat of decimation. Not only does Sea Shepherd work hard to raise awareness and care for this unpopular species, we also patrol marine protected areas, expose corruption/greed, and arrest the criminals who drive the multi-billion dollar shark-killing industry.

Humans kill 100 million sharks a year ...and for what?

  • shark fins for a tasteless bowl of soup
  • shark teeth for jewelry
  • shark jaws for tourist souvenirs
  • shark skin for leather wallets/belts
  • shark cartilage capsules and powders for phony medicinal cures
  • shark liver oil for cosmetics/skin care products

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Sea Shepherd has been fighting sealers since 1975, and over the course of a quarter of a century we have saved hundreds of thousands of seals from slaughter using many different and creative methods. Sea Shepherd's highly-publicized efforts have helped in creating awareness, which is the first step in enacting change.

Canada's commercial seal "hunt" is the largest mass slaughter of marine mammals in the world. This year, Canada will allow 270,000 harp seals to be killed.

Canada's 2006 quota for killing seals: 325,000 for the regular commercial "hunt" and an additional 10,000 harp seal allowance for new aboriginal initiatives, personal use, and Arctic hunts. As usual, the commercial quota was exceeded, resulting in over 330,000 seals being kiilled.

During the previous three years, the government of Canada delivered the death sentence to over one million baby harp seals.

Sea Shepherd continues to oppose this annual obscenity called a "hunt." It is not a hunt because the sealers simply walk up to the seals (who have no means of escaping or hiding) and bash the seals on the head or shoot them.

Sea Shepherd, known for direct action, has and continues to use other methods to fight to bring the "hunt" to a permanent end. In 2005, Sea Shepherd joined many other organizations in promoting the international boycott of Canadian seafood products as a means to strip the commercial seal "hunt" of all economic value and force it, by financial means, to end. The Boycott of Canadian Seafood targets the very people who slaughter the seals: It is the fishing industry that runs the seal "hunt" which is a make-work project for off-season fisherman.

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In the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, Sea Shepherd is working with the National Marine Park service on anti-poaching enforcement and conservation programs.

The Galapagos is our line in the sand. If humanity cannot protect such a unique and diverse ecosystem, we will not be able to protect any ecosystem. The Galapagos is a challenge and battlefield for the effort to halt human greed and destruction. These Enchanted Isles are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and this means all of us have a responsibility to help protect them from illegal exploitation

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