Thursday, November 30, 2023

Sea Shepherd Vows To Continue Conservation Work, Despite Founder Paul Watson’s Resignation


The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society says it “remains focused” on its marine preservation work, despite founder Paul Watson’s resignation last week.

“In reference to Captain Paul Watson’s recent resignation, our founder took a substantial step back from SSCS management in 2014, and in 2019 reduced his role to primarily archiving the organization’s history. Along with Paul Watson, we support the work of all Sea Shepherd Global efforts around the world.”

The organization said Watson’s resignation hasn’t stopped it from acquiring new ships on which to do its work:

“SSCS is very proud of our campaigns and continued growth. As recently as July 8th 2022, we took possession of the MV Sharkwater, now the largest ship in the SSCS fleet of five vessels. This historic vessel will help us in Operation Milagro to protect the world’s most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita porpoise. This vessel will be particularly effective in the fight against [illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing] in the Pacific Ocean. SSCS also partners with Sea Shepherd UK in fighting the slaughter of White Dolphins and Pilot Whales in the Faroe Islands and Sea Shepherd Brazil in protecting the River Dolphin of the Amazon.”

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John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.