Extinction is forever!

Stop Shark Killers by keeping our patrol vessels at sea

Sea Shepherd stops the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of sharks every year by providing patrol vessels with experienced marine conservation crew to our law enforcement partners in African coastal states such as Gabon, Liberia, and Tanzania.

For these campaigns to be successful, Sea Shepherd needs €3333 per day to keep each patrol vessel ready for action, including navigation equipment to track fishing vessels, small fast boats for boardings, media equipment like drones to collect evidence, vegan meals for the crew and law enforcement agents on board, and regular fuel and maintenance costs.

The facts

100 million sharks are killed every year
90% decline in many shark populations over the past 35 years
€3333 daily cost to keep one of our ships and crew on patrol

The biggest threats

Threat 1

Shark Finning Operations

The ever-growing demand for shark fin soup in Asia has emboldened poaching fleets to plunder shark populations around the world, including those in marine protection areas such as the Galapagos National Park. Sharks are often finned alive, then thrown back into the sea where they sink and die a slow and painful death. Despite a number of laws and regulation to slow or stop the shark fin trade, enforcement at sea is the only way to stop the killing. Sea Shepherd’s fleet provides national law enforcement partners the means to patrol their sovereign waters and catch shark poachers red-handed.

Threat 2

Shark Liver Oil Production

The international demand for “health” supplements, cosmetics and machinery lubricants has created a shadowy and largely unregulated shark liver oil industry. Using legal fishing permits to cloak their operations, industrial fishing vessels equipped with liver processing facilities use illegal gillnets to kill and process thousands of deep-water sharks in just one excursion. Sea Shepherd helped bust an internationally-blacklisted poaching vessel in Liberian waters, preventing it from killing over 250k sharks while detained.

Liver oil production
Threat 3

Industrial-Scale Bycatch

Modern fishing vessels with kilometers-long nets and advanced tracking technology make it possible for just one ship to locate and capture more fish than ever before. Unfortunately, this also results in the incidental catch, or bycatch, of non-target species including endangered sharks, which greedy and careless operators toss back into the oceans without accurately reporting their numbers as required by law. Sea Shepherd helps authorities in coastal states monitor and inspect legal fishing vessels to ensure reporting compliance, and supports initiatives by government partners like Gabon to ban the most destructive fishing practices and reduce the bycatch of sharks and other marine wildlife.

Bycatch sharks

About Sea Shepherd

Sea Shepherd fights to defend, conserve and protect our oceans.

We use direct action to defend marine wildlife and protect their habitat in the world’s oceans. Sea Shepherd’s conservation actions aim to safeguard the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced marine ecosystems.

From the gentle giants of the sea to its smallest creatures, Sea Shepherd’s mission is to protect all marine life species living in our oceans. Our campaigns have defended whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, penguins, turtles, fish, krill and aquatic birds from poaching, unsustainable fishing, habitat destruction, and exploitive captivity.