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Captain Paul Watson Foundation

If The Ocean Dies, We Die!

aka Neptunes Navy and Neptunes Pirates   |   Lewes, DE   |  www.paulwatsonfoundation.org

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Mission

THE CAPTAIN PAUL WATSON FOUNDATION has been established to promote and further the legacy of Captain Paul Watson. To focus on the protection and conservation of the Ocean through direct intervention supported by education, documentation, research activities and partnerships with other NGOs, governments and international institutions like the United Nations. It will be made up of a small team that will prevent any future interference or dilution of the overall vision of Paul's legacy by keeping management and bureaucracy minimal.

Ruling year info

2023

CEO and Co-Founder

Omar Todd

Founder and Advisor

Captain Paul Watson

Main address

16192 Coastal Hwy

Lewes, DE 19958 USA

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EIN

88-3361218

NTEE code info

Marine Science and Oceanography (U21)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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As Captain Paul Watson states, "We go where others fear to go, no matter how hostile or remote the seas, no matter how formidable the opposition because if we don’t, life in the seas dies and if the ocean dies, we die.” The Captain Paul Watson Foundation is trying to conserve the oceans to help fight climate change and collapse of the ecosystem which could cause entire civilizations to collapse. Trying to also educate people on the 3 laws of ecology; THE LAW OF DIVERSITY The strength of an eco-system is dependent upon the diversity of species within it. 02 THE LAW OF INTERDEPENDENCE All species depend on each other for survival. 03 THE LAW OF FINITE RESOURCES There are limits to growth and limits to carrying capacity.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Operation Paiakan


In May 2023, our new ship The John Paul DeJoria II will depart for the waters off Iceland and as Loftsson attempts to hunt Fin whales, we will hunt Loftsson’s killer ships. We won’t be violent, but we will aggressively block the harpoons for the entire three-month slaughter season. Our mission is to save the lives of Fin whales and to uphold international conservation law.

Population(s) Served
Activists
Academics

We have a great deal of video of our documentation of super trawler operations in the English Channel and off the coast of France but we wish to expand this campaign to intervene against super trawler operations on the high seas and in the Bering Sea.

Population(s) Served

Interference with the slaughter of pilot whales and dolphins in the waters of the Danish Faroe Islands. This will involve physical intervention with the killing operations. It could involve volunteers being arrested for this interference, tried, fined, refusal to pay the fines and deportation. Depending on what occurs in Iceland, the John Paul DeJoria will also intervene. (We have a great deal of video archives from last year and from previous years)

Population(s) Served
Activists

Opposition to illegal whaling operations in Icelandic waters and in the Strait of Denmark. This will involve our large ship the John Paul DeJoria and a smaller vessel the Nemesis. The objective is to physically prevent the two Icelandic whaling ships from killing endangered Fin whales. This will involve confrontation including the physical blocking of whaling operations. (We have a great deal of video archives from last year and from the previous years)

Population(s) Served
Activists
Activists

We have been working on this project for a few years, we already have a great deal of video. This includes our partnership with Chief Raoni of the Kayapo people.

Population(s) Served
Activists

The recently launched Kangei Maru, the world’s largest floating slaughterhouse, built to go anywhere on the high seas to kill whales wants to kill endangered Fin whales. The Japanese whaling industry intends to use the Kangei Maru to revitalize commercial whaling and to develop a global whaling operation. Which means we need to get the John Paul DeJoria to the Pacific and the shortest distance to the Pacific from the North Atlantic is the Northwest Passage, over the top of Canada and Alaska into the Bering Sea and then South into the North Pacific. 7,000 miles shorter than transiting the Panama Canal. With our 2nd ship the Bandero in Australia we will be in position to intercept and obstruct the Kangei Maru wherever it operates including the waters of Japan.

Population(s) Served
Activists

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals with freedom from pain

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Operation Paiakan

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hvalur said the shortened 2023 season, which lasted only three weeks, had ended with 24 whales killed. Whalers had already struggled in the past to meet the quotas.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

OUR OBJECTIVES
01

Finding solutions to address the diminishment of diversity and interdependence in marine eco-systems.

02

Finding solutions to address the diminishment of phytoplankton populations in the sea.

03

Finding solutions to address the illegal, unreported and unregulated commercial fishing operations.

04

Finding solutions to address the impact of climate change on oceanic eco-systems.

05

Finding solutions to address ways to remove plastics, fishing debris and ghost nets from marine eco-systems.

06

Finding solutions to address the impact of noise pollution on marine life and problem of acidification in the sea.

07

Finding solutions to address the unlawful killing of marine mammals.

08

Finding solutions to protecting sea turtle nests from poachers, sea-bird populations from illegal fishing and ingestation of plastics.

09

Finding solutions to protecting critically endangered species in marine eco-systems.

10

Finding solutions to protecting global coral reef systems from damage of acidification, invasive species, pollution & climate change.

11

Researching, documenting and producing films, books and more to address the conservation and protection of marine species and ecosystems.

12

Working with government partners to find solutions to stop poaching activities with in established economic zones.

13

Working with the United Nations and other international organizations to find solutions to stopping poaching in areas beyond nation in accordance with the United Nations World Charter for Nature.

14

Funding research into addressing threats to marine ecosystems and operating ships and aircraft to document illegal activities on the high seas.

15

Working with scientists, filmmakers, historians, communicators, environmentalists and conservationists to find solutions to addressing the threats facing marine species and marine eco-systems.

THE CAPTAIN PAUL WATSON FOUNDATION has been established to promote and further the legacy of Captain Paul Watson. To focus on the protection and conservation of the Ocean through direct intervention supported by education, documentation, direct action, research activities and partnerships with other NGOs, governments, companies and international institutions like the United Nations. It will be made up of a small team that will prevent any future interference or dilution of the overall vision of Paul's legacy by keeping management and bureaucracy minimal.

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THE CAPTAIN PAUL WATSON FOUNDATION has been established to promote and further the legacy of Captain Paul Watson. To focus on the protection and conservation of the Ocean through direct intervention supported by education, documentation, research activities and partnerships with other NGOs, governments and international institutions like the United Nations. It will be made up of a small team that will prevent any future interference or dilution of the overall vision of Paul's legacy by keeping management and bureaucracy minimal.

THE 3 LAWS OF ECOLOGY

01
THE LAW OF DIVERSITY

The strength of an eco-system is dependent upon the diversity of species within it.


02
THE LAW OF INTERDEPENDENCE

All species depend on each other for survival.


03
THE LAW OF FINITE RESOURCES

There are limits to growth and limits to carrying capacity.

ACTION NOT WORDS

Life in the sea is being dangerously diminished and if the Ocean Dies, We Die! That is a fact. For over fifty years, Captain Paul Watson has been at sea fighting illegal operations intent upon destruction and death, impacting all species in the sea from Phytoplankton to the Great Whales. Utilizing the strategy of aggressive non-violence, Captain Watson has shut down hundreds of illegal activities around the planet, saving hundreds of thousands of lives. Because of his interventions the Japanese whaling fleet is no longer slaughtering whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. As a co-founder of Greenpeace - one of the most recognised conservation organisations in the world and the founder of Sea Shepherd that he built into the most effective marine conservation organisation on the planet, Paul Watson, arguably the most prolific and successful marine life conservationist of our time is now building a foundation in his name. Captain Watson, has never changed his outlook, his dedication, courage, and imaginative thinking toward finding effective solutions to the seemingly impossible problem of how we defend and protect life in the sea. There is a need for an organization to make waves and to undertake direct action. The Captain Paul Watson Foundation continues the work that Captain Watson has been so effectively passionate about for over half a century but will also be run in much less bureaucratic way than former organizations he founded or co-founded.

We have ships and a team of dedicated researchers, activists, and online capabilities.

Operation bloody fjords / 2023 - Ongoing
Operation Bloody Fjords represents a resolute mission dedicated to safeguarding the cherished and remarkable lives of dolphins in the Faroese Islands against a profoundly cruel mindset prevailing among certain communities deeply ingrained in the abhorrent practice of exterminating entire family pods of innocent and vulnerable, highly intelligent, and self-aware sentient beings.

Operation PAIAKAN / 2023 - Ongoing
Operation Paiakan is focused on saving 169 endangered Fin whales from being slaughtered by Hvalurhf, an Icelandic whaling company operated by Kristjá n Loftsson. Despite the global moratorium on commercial whaling established by the International Whaling Commission (IWC). Iceland continues to permit this. Operation Paiakan has been established in response. Through the use of aggressive non-violence and direct intervention, the Captain Paul Watson Foundation intends to uphold international conservation law to save the lives of 169 Fin whales.

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Captain Paul Watson Foundation

Board of directors
as of 07/09/2024
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Board chair

Omar Todd

Stephen Petith

Clementine Pallanca

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable