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|About||The Seattle Chapter of Sea Shepherd focus: Orcas, Salmon, whales, seals, birds and other marine life and ocean habitats of the Puget Sound and Salish Sea|
Sea Shepherd's Mission Statement
Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.
Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society operates internationally without prejudice towards race, color, nationality, religious belief, or any other consideration except for an impartial adherence to upholding international conservation law to protect endangered marine species and ecosystems.
Those illegal operations that we oppose routinely attempt to accuse Sea Shepherd of being anti-Japanese, anti-Native American, or anti-Scandinavian etc, for our opposition to illegal whaling or the killing of dolphins. We are accused of being anti-Canadian or anti-African for opposing the slaughter of seals. We have been accused of being anti-Latino for opposing illegal South American shark finning operations.
Nothing could be further from the truth. We do not oppose Japanese or Norwegian whaling we oppose illegal whaling as defined under international conservation law. We do not oppose Canadian or Namibian sealing, we oppose the killing of seals.
Sea Shepherd operates outside the petty cultural chauvinism of the human species. Our clients are whales, dolphins, seals, turtles, sea-birds, and fish. We represent their interests.
Our volunteer crewmembers come from all over the world including from the nations that we are forced to oppose such as Japan, Norway, and Canada.
We are not anti-any nationality or culture. We are pro-Ocean
The Seattle chapter of Sea Shepherd Conversation Society was established in April 2011 on the heels of the very first Cove Guardian campaign (2010-2011). It made perfect sense to have a chapter in the Pacific Northwest, an area known for its rugged mountains, lush rain forests, abundance of water and incredible diversity of wildlife. Our close proximity to Puget Sound and the greater Salish Sea means we live next door to all kinds of marine wildlife including whales, dolphins, porpoises, salmon, sea lions and a multitude of other species, several of which are critically endangered. This puts our chapter in a unique position to be directly involved in the defense, conservation and stewardship of marine ecosystems and wildlife right in our own backyard.
The Seattle Chapter Onshore Volunteers participate in outreach activities throughout the Puget Sound area, tabling events, fundraising and drawing attention to the issues that matter most to us, both as residents of the PNW and as members of SSCS. We can often be found at dive expos, local festivals, and concerts. We organize film screenings, attend environmental lectures and do beach cleanups and some of our veteran crew members speak at local club meetings and school groups.
If you are interested in becoming a voice for the oceans and have the time to devote to volunteering, we would love to speak to you about how you can get involved! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Awards & Recognition
Sea Shepherd has received rewards and recognition from many other organizations around the world. We feature some of these here.
Sea Shepherd Awarded Coveted 4-Star Charity Rating by Leading Charity Evaluator
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|Founded||Sea Shepherd Seattle was formed in March, 2011 by Suzanne West and Christine Lynn.|