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About Sea Shepherd Global

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do to support Sea Shepherd Global and help defend, conserve and protect marine wildlife?

We’re always in need of funds and equipment for our campaigns. Please consider making a one-time or recurring monthly donation from our donations page. You can also support by purchasing Sea Shepherd merchandise through our web store here, or consider leaving a bequest to us. As always, spreading the word about who we are and what we do is hugely valuable, so please continue sharing our social media posts and telling your friends and family about our campaigns.

How do I get involved?

Volunteers are the backbone of Sea Shepherd. Whether they are on board our ships or conducting outreach at events, our volunteers are a fundamental part of our global efforts to defend, conserve and protect marine wildlife. You can find out more information about onshore volunteering or crewing at sea at our get involved page, or by applying through your local country or region’s website here.

Who do I contact for the right to use your logo to support Sea Shepherd for my project?
These are assessed on a case by case basis. Please email a description of your project to media@seashepherdglobal.org
Who do I contact for photo or footage requests?
Please email media@seashepherdglobal.org with a description of the platform and nature of usage.
I’m not sure if my donation went through, who do I contact?
Please email details of your donation and any enquiries related to it to finance@seashepherdglobal.org
I’m writing a paper for my school, can I have some information about whales/the oceans/IUU fishing, etc?

Please check our campaigns section here, which contains extensive information on the topic that each campaign focuses on.

I’d like to use your photos, video footage or logo in a project of mine, how do I do this?
Please email media@seashepherdglobal.org with a description of the project and nature of usage.
Are you a vegan organization?

While we are not a vegan organization, all our ships are vegan. Our ship's crews receive three nutritious vegan meals cooked by our galley crew each day, as we believe that a plant-based diet is the most environmentally responsible, and most importantly, has the least impact on the oceans we fight to protect.

Are you a political organization?
Sea Shepherd is not a political organization. Our goal is to defend, conserve and protect marine wildlife worldwide, and fill law enforcement vacuums where governments are unwilling or unable to do so. We often work in cooperation with governments who request our assistance to enable them to uphold their fisheries laws, and to patrol their marine protected areas, however we do not accept donations from governments.
What’s with the pirate flag?
Our Jolly Roger logo represents our fight against piracy against the oceans- whether that be pirate whaling, IUU fishing, or poaching in marine reserves. Our logo contains a shepherd’s crook and Neptune’s trident to symbolize protection of the oceans, and a dolphin and whale inspired by the yin-yang symbol to represent the fragile balance of ocean ecosystems.
What’s the difference between Sea Shepherd, Sea Shepherd Global, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and each national Sea Shepherd entity?

Sea Shepherd is a global movement to defend, conserve, and protect marine wildlife. Sea Shepherd Global is the coordinating body for all independent Sea Shepherd groups, with the exception of the US-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS), which is financially and legally distinct from Sea Shepherd Global and other national entities.

What happened to Whale Wars and will there be another season?
Whale Wars is an Animal Planet series following our Southern Ocean whale defense campaigns, from Operation Migaloo 2007/2008 to Operation Relentless 2013/2014. Animal Planet crews were on board the Ocean Warrior and our flagship the Steve Irwin during the most recent whale defense campaign, Operation Nemesis. Although we get a lot of questions from supporters asking us when the next season of Whale Wars will air, that’s entirely in the hands of Animal Planet.