SEA SHEPHERD CONSERVATION SOCIETY

aka SSCS   |   Alexandria, VA   |  www.seashepherd.org

Mission

Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.

Ruling year info

1982

President

Captain Paul Watson

Main address

PO Box 8628

Alexandria, VA 22306 USA

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EIN

93-0792021

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Taiji- Cove Guardians

Sea Shepherd's Dolphin Defense Campaign in Taiji, Japan
Approximately 20,000 cetaceans, including dolphins, small whales and porpoises, are killed in Japanese waters each year.

In the small coastal town of Taiji, hundreds to thousands of dolphins and small whales are captured and killed each year during the annual dolphin drive hunt. For a staggering six months of every year - September 1st until March - a group of dolphin hunters herd wild dolphins from the ocean’s open waters into a hidden shallow bay, now infamously known around the world as the cove. The hunters capture entire families, or pods, of various species of dolphins at a time in order to satisfy the international demand for captive dolphins in the entertainment industry. Those taken captive are sent to aquariums and marine parks worldwide. The remaining dolphins are killed by a hunting technique known as “pithing,” which leaves the still conscious dolphins paralyzed and often drowning in the blood of their own family members. In 2010, Sea Shepherd launched its Operation Infinite Patience campaign. Since then, Sea Shepherd has had an ongoing presence of volunteers from around the world who remain on the ground in Taiji, documenting the cove throughout the entire dolphin hunt season. They are the Cove Guardians. With your help, we will encourage Japan to end Taiji’s unnecessary hunt and capture of these incredibly intelligent, sentient beings. We are passionate, dedicated and committed to achieving permanent freedom for the dolphins and small whales of Taiji. This may take time; this may not happen overnight, but this is Operation Infinite Patience. We will not stop until the slaughter ends.

Population(s) Served

Sea Shepherd’s Pilot Whale Defense Campaign in the Faroe Islands

Each year the grind claims the lives of hundreds of pilot whales and other dolphins... Entire pods of these magnificent animals are brutally and senselessly slaughtered in the Faroe Islands each year. Similar to the infamous drive hunts in Taiji, Japan, the grind stains the Faroes as the “Taiji of the North.” Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the leading direct-action marine conservation organization in the world, has led the opposition to the grind since the 1980’s. This year, hundreds of volunteers will descend on the “Ferocious Isles” - patrolling land, sea and air. We will stand strong in our mission: bring The Grind to a grinding halt.

Population(s) Served

Sea Shepherd volunteers are actively patrolling Pacuare Island’s coastline to locate and protect sea turtle nests, as well as the turtles. Eggs laid by these endangered animals — already facing a list of human-induced threats, including entanglement in fishing gear, by-catch and ocean pollution — can fall into the hands of poachers, a crisis that is driving sea turtles further toward the brink of extinction. Some species targeted by poachers are already nearly extinct. Sea Shepherd has additional sea turtle defense campaigns currently underway in turtle-poaching hotspots including Honduras and Cape Verde.

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Vaquita Porpoise Defense Campaign

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Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.

Sea Shepherd has been patrolling the high seas and enforcing conservation law worldwide for over 37 years. With your help, we have saved countless lives of dolphins, seals, whales, fish, and much more! Your support is what drives our enforcement and conservation efforts, strengthens our resolve, and makes possible the successes we achieve. Sea Shepherd campaigns cannot happen without your help. Your continued investment in Sea Shepherd is crucial in securing a future for our fragile oceans and the wonderful beings that inhabit them.

Sea Shepherd has been patrolling the high seas and enforcing conservation law worldwide for over 37 years. With your help, we have saved countless lives of dolphins, seals, whales, fish, and much more! Your support is what drives our enforcement and conservation efforts, strengthens our resolve, and makes possible the successes we achieve.

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SEA SHEPHERD CONSERVATION SOCIETY

Board of directors
as of 10/31/2017
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Board chair

Pamela Anderson

Pritam Singh

Peter Rysman

Tambrey Laine