Thank you to our volunteers: you are Sea Shepherd

Thursday, Dec 05, 2019

Today is International Volunteer Day, and we are celebrating our volunteers.


You are Sea Shepherd; whether you’re volunteering on a ship, on land or online, you make up this movement to defend, conserve and protect the world's oceans. 

This year our Sea Shepherd Australia volunteers have worked tirelessly to protect our oceans: participating in direct-action campaigns, facilitating over 185 beach and waterway clean-ups around the country, educating the public about the threats to our oceans and raising vital funds to keep our ships at sea on the frontline. 

Here are a few accounts from just some of our incredible volunteer base. 

"Knowing how important the ocean and it's marine life are to the health of the planet, and also seeing the destruction that we - the human race - are causing, I had to join Sea Shepherd so that I could be a part of direct action marine conservation. 

Volunteering with Sea Shepherd means that I am giving my time to make a positive impact by fighting against the 3 biggest threats that our oceans are facing today - illegal fishing, plastic pollution and climate change."

"I am grateful to volunteer alongside other passionate people who are dedicated to the cause as we advocate for marine animals and the importance of the ocean."

Tammy Omodei

"When we’re at sea patrolling, no two days are the same. As deckhands, our time is made up of fishing vessel inspections, piracy and fire drills, training, and maintenance/upkeep (since the ships often require a lot of attention). And more often than not, the local marine life will put on a bit of a show. It’s hard work but will be one of the best things you do. You’re constantly learning new skills and leave with some beautiful friendships." 

"To work alongside inspiring people every day to ’fight the good fight’—that’s pretty special. "

Alex Lund

"When I first became a Sea Shepherd volunteer in 2015, I never expected that I would end up as the Queensland Marine Debris Coordinator or, as my daughter calls me, the 'King of the Trash'. I jumped straight into Sea Shepherd beach cleans, which although intimidating at first turned out to be one of the better decisions I’ve made. Although seeing the environmental progress we make at these cleans is gratifying enough, what really makes the experience is my fellow volunteers. Through these beach cleans I have met so many passionate and kind-hearted volunteers, many of which join me every month for the Gold Coast cleans. Nothing is ever too much for our dedicated Gold Coast team.

I have also had the amazing opportunity to go on three remote cleans during which time I had the pleasure of meeting volunteers from around the countyy. Two of these cleans were at Djulpan Beach in South East Arnhem Land with the Dhimurru Rangers and the other at the eastern beaches of Moreton Island. The Dhimurru Rangers’ passion for their work and country is something that continues to inspire me in my daily life."

"Being a volunteer and showing my family and friends how we can all contribute and be the change we want to see in the world is what continues to drive me in our fight against marine pollution. The opportunities that Sea Shepherd has given me are out of this world, and I cannot recommend volunteering enough to anyone willing to take on the challenge."

Grahame Lloyd

Interested in joining the most active volunteer marine conservation organisation in the world? Here's how you can get involved. 

Onshore volunteering - Local chapters are made up of volunteers who sell merchandise, organise fundraising initiatives, participate in beach cleanups, and host educational talks and outreach events. Find a group near you


At sea volunteering - We are always looking for dedicated individuals to crew aboard our global fleet of ships. Find out more

Attend a marine debris clean-up - Our marine debris campaign is active in clean-up Australia's waterways and beaches. Join a clean-up near you 

Why volunteer?


- You’ll be doing something you’re passionate about.

- You could learn new skills, or add to your existing skill set. 

- You could meet like-minded people. 

- You’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you are working to protect our oceans and marine life. 

"All social change comes from the passion and intervention of individuals or small groups of individuals."

Captain Paul Watson
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