Sea Shepherd is known for fighting tirelessly for whales, dolphins, tuna and seals, but we've also silently taken on the battle for sharks – an animal few understand is worth fighting for.
Sea Shepherd has worked with many governments around the world to protect global shark populations from further decline. Most notably, we have a long-standing project in the Galapagos in partnership with the Ecuadorian government in which we have contributed more than one million Euros towards the acquisition of a patrol boat, the installation of vessel identification systems, training, enforcement, a team of fin-sniffing patrol dogs, and legal support for prosecution.
Sea Shepherd has a strong legacy dealing with shark issues around the world as well, from putting pressure on Disney in Hong Kong to take Shark Fin Soup off its menu to removing thousands of kilometers of long lines. Since 1989 we have taken illegal lines as short as 500 metres to as long at 100 kilometres. Since over 50% of sharks are caught as bycatch – many of which are through the use of longlines – we are doing our part to save sharks.
Sea Shepherd has also confiscated tens of thousands of illegally obtained shark fins, leading to multiple arrests and has developed intelligence networks to assist in the seizure of shark fins from protected areas. Additionally, Sea Shepherd has educated the public via printed materials, presentations, videos and campaigns to raise awareness of the plight of sharks in their local community. We will continue to maintain a presence in the Galapagos Marine Reserve to defend against poachers and will also continue to document the killing of sharks by Australia’s Governments within Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales, placing pressure to save sharks in these areas.
What You Can Do:
- Donate money to support Sea Shepherd's direct action campaigns.
- Don't buy or consume shark products.
- Vocally oppose restaurants and shops that sell shark products; demand that they stop.
- Place pressure on governments to stop killing vulnerable and protected species of sharks.
- Educate others on the plight of sharks and their importance to the ecosystem.