The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is a non-profit, marine conservation organization based in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Washington in the United States. The group uses direct action tactics to protect marine life. The organization was founded in 1977 under the name Earth Force Society by Paul Watson.
One of the most proactive marine conservation body is offering to help patrol and protect Australia's new Coral Sea marine reserve. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) says it can contribute expert know-how, ships and resources to help preserve the world's largest marine reserve.
In the past 35 years he has had a series of violent confrontations with seal hunters, illegal whalers and various navies during which he has been shot at, chased and arrested.
(Paul Watson) Born in Toronto in 1950 and brought up in a fishing village in New Bruswick, he was just nine years old when - according to the Sea Shepherd website - "trappers killed one of his beaver friends". Inspired, he set about confiscating and destroying leg-hold traps, and disrupting deer hunts.
The Canadian national (Paul Watson) is well known for his pursuit and harassment of Japanese whaling boats off Antarctica which in recent years has significantly reduced the number of animals slaughtered.
Sam Simon, the former producer and co-creator of "The Simpsons" has announced that he will be providing funding for a new fourth vessel to stymie whalers in the Southern Ocean.
Sea Shepherd says Watson is being assisted while in prison by members of the European Parliament Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Jose Bove.
No one has done more to protect the world's oceans than Captain Paul Watson so, it is far from surprising that he is being targeted by some government authorities, especially Japan and the black market seafood industry.
Veteran environmental activist, and defender of the oceans ,Captain Paul Watson, is no stranger to controversy. For three decades Captain Watson has aggressively defended the Oceans and marine life from threats large and small. The organization he founded, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS), has achieved unprecedented success in saving whales, seals, sharks, tuna, and dolphins from illegal poaching and outright slaughter.
On Wednesday, Japan's government announced it had suspended its annual whale hunt due to repeated harassment of its whalers by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ships. It said the suspension began Feb. 10 and would last until conditions were deemed safe.
The Shepherds perserverence and determination paid off as they relentlessly chased the whaling fleet for thousands of miles east to the border of Chile's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and eventually escorted the defeated Japanese fleet out of the sanctuary, sending them limping back to Tokyo over 800 whales short of their annual quota.
Brigitte Bardot, the actress and animal rights campaigner, has offered to take the place of the founder of the Sea Shepherd marine conservation group in prison.
The founder of an aggressive conservation group known mainly for disrupting whale hunts has been detained in Germany at the request of Costa Rica, which wants him extradited over a 10-year-old maritime violation, the organization said Wednesday.