Knowledge Identifier: &Sea_Shepherd_Conservation_Society
Founded in 1977.
Countries: Australia (22%), Japan (20%), (12%)
Linked to: Greenpeace, Institute of Cetacean Research, Lush, Monash University
Initially without funding and with only a small group of supporters, in 1978 Watson managed to convince Cleveland Amory, head of the Fund for Animals to fund Watson's first vessel, the "Sea Shepherd"
In testimony on "The Threat of Eco-Terrorism" given to the a US congressional subcommittee in 2002, Sea Shepherd was the first group mentioned by an FBI official for having attacked commercial fishing operations by cutting drift nets
His widow, Terri, gave her support to Sea Shepherd, saying: "Whales have always been in Steve's heart and in 2006 he was investigating the possibility of joining the Sea Shepherd on part of its journey to defend these beautiful animals
In 2007, Ian Campbell, the Australian Environment Minister and a vigorous critic of Japan's whaling, once opposed Sea Shepherd's tactics, saying that it really put the cause of conservation backwards
Rafael Correa - On 3 August 2007, Correa ordered the deportation of Sean O'Hearn-Gimenez, director of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, saying that he would not allow "gringuitos" to tell Ecuadorians what to do or to pursue local fishermen
A 2008 academic paper by researchers at Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria concluded that the group "may be best categorized as a vigilante group, because they say they are seeking to enforce a legal status quo because of states' and the international community's inabilities or unwillingness to do so"
Paul Watson - In January 2008, Paul Watson was named by "The Guardian" as one of its "50 people who could save the planet" for the work of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
As of 2009, Paul Watson has said that the organization has sunk ten whaling ships while destroying millions of dollars worth of equipment
In 2010 during a visit to Japan, the Dalai Lama said that while he agrees with the goal of stopping Japan from hunting whales, they should stop using violent methods to achieve that goal
Godzilla (franchise) - In 2010 the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society named their most recently acquired scout vessel MV "Gojira"
Brigitte Bardot - On 25 May 2011 the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society renamed its fast interceptor vessel, MV "Gojira", as MV "Brigitte Bardot" in appreciation of her support
Sam Simon - He donated an undisclosed amount of money to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 2012 for the purpose of purchasing another vessel for their fleet
Sam Simon - He donated an undisclosed amount of money to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 2012 for the purpose of purchasing another vessel for their fleet, the , which was unveiled in December 2012
Unmanned aerial vehicle - In March 2013, the Times published a controversial story that UAV conservation nonprofit ShadowView, founded by former members of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, had been working for several months with anti-hunting charity The League Against Cruel Sports to expose illegal fox hunting in the UK; hunt supporters have argued that using UAVs to film hunting is an invasion of privacy
However, there is increasing co-operation with national governments in assisting anti-poaching activity in national territorial waters and marine reserves, including in 2016 with the Italian Coast guard in Sicily , Mexican Navy and the Coastguards of Gabon and São Tomé and Príncipe which included having Gabonese military marines aboard