As our President, Pieter Kroonenburg, is a member of the Advisory Board for the Sea Shepherd Society, and a fervent believer in their cause we thought you might want to learn a thing or two about them and their amazing story.
The organization was started to protect the world’s oceans and wildlife by shutting down illegal whaling and sealing operations across the world. In 1978, with financial support from Cleveland Amory of the Fund for Animals, the Society purchased its first ship (a British sea trawler Westella) and renamed it the Sea Shepherd. Its first mission was to sail to the ice floes of Eastern Canada to interfere with the annual killing of baby harp seals known as ‘whitecoats’. In the same year, the Sea Shepherd hunted down and rammed the notorious prolific pirate whaler the Sierra in a Portugal harbor ending its infamous career as the scourge of the seas.
Since those early days, Sea Shepherd has embarked on over 200 voyages covering many of the world’s oceans and defending and saving defenseless marine life all along the way.
Make sure to check out their latest news by following the link here, to keep learning more and staying involved.