Paul Watson

President and Founder, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

For 30 years, Captain Paul Watson has been at the helm of the world's most active marine protection nonprofit organization - Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Paul Watson's career as a Master Mariner began in 1968 as a seaman with the merchant marines and with the Canadian Coast Guard. Paul majored in Communications and Linguistics at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

In 1972, Paul co-founded the Greenpeace (GP) Foundation in Vancouver, B.C. From 1971 to 1977, he served as First Officer on all GP voyages, and on a campaign against Russian whalers he implemented his idea of putting activists in a zodiac between the harpoon and the whale. From 1976 to 1977, he led all of the GP expeditions to protect harp seals on the ice floes of eastern Canada. In 1977, Paul left GP because he felt the original goals of the organization were being compromised and because he saw a specific, global need to continue direct-action conservation activities on the high seas.

In 1977, Paul founded Sea Shepherd Conservation Society -dedicated to research, investigation, and the enforcement of laws, treaties, resolutions, and regulations established to protect marine wildlife and their habitats worldwide.

In between campaigns, Paul travels and lectures extensively at universities and events around the world, including Pasadena College of Design and UCLA. He has authored six books: Shepherds of the Sea (1979); Sea Shepherd: My Fight for Whales and Seals (1982); Cry Wolf (1985); Earthforce! (1993); Ocean Warrior (1994); and Seal Wars (2002). In addition, he has been the subject of numerous magazine articles and profiles, including being chosen in 2000 by TIME magazine as one of the environmental heroes of the 20th century.

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SHIPPING NEWS: Trimaran owned by Sea Shepherd docks in Halifax
Posted on 20 May 2019 at 12:57pm

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Costa Rica Drops Charges Against Sea Shepherd's Paul Watson
Posted on 12 Mar 2019 at 4:24pm

Sea Shepherd Urges Plastic Awareness
Posted on 7 Mar 2019 at 9:44pm

Posted on 26 Dec 2018 at 5:18am

Sea Shepherd vessel falls under assault by poachers in Mexico
Posted on 10 Jan 2019 at 10:19am

Sea Shepherd To Stop Pursuit Of Japanese Whale Hunting Ships In Southern Ocean
Posted on 29 Aug 2017 at 5:13am

Sea Shepherd has stopped sending ships against the Japanese whaling fleet
Posted on 29 Aug 2017 at 3:18am

Sea Shepherd releases graphic Japanese whaling footage
Posted on 27 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm

Rafe’s Ocean of Courage: Paul Watson on His Friend, and Building a Legacy
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