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Deborah Bassett
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A graduate of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Deborah is fluent in French and Spanish and has traveled the globe extensively documenting the work and raising awareness and funding for various nonprofit projects and environmental and social initiatives.

Throughout her career Deborah has worked both in the field and behind the scenes with such organizations as Amazon Watch, Rainforest2Reef, Global Green USA, Conservation International, Habitat for Humanity, The 11th Hour Action Team, Surfers For Cetaceans, Channel G and The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Based in LA, Deborah continues to travel frequently and works as a nonprofit consultant, freelance environmental journalist, and contributing editor at Sea Voices, a project highlighting the work of the world's leading ocean advocates. She sits on the Board of Advisors of The Blue Seals, a direct action marine conservation organization currently engaged in disaster relief efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

Entries by Deborah Bassett

Minds in the Water: A Surfer's Journey From Apathy to Activism

(5) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 10:09 AM

2012-04-05-MITW.jpg More than five years in the making, Minds In The Water documents professional surfer Dave Rastovich and friends' quest to protect dolphins, whales and their ocean environment. Filmed throughout Australia, the Galapagos, Chile, Tonga, California and Japan, director Justin Krumb captures...

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David de Rothschild: Journey Into the Heart of the Amazon

(4) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 11:29 AM

Photo by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

As the youngest heir to the well-known British banking empire, David De Rothschild could certainly be sitting pretty as an armchair philanthropist. Instead the 33-year-old storytelling, eco-adventurer named National Geographic Adventurer of The...

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The Empire Strikes Back: National Icon Shines Bright Light on Dolphin Slaughters

(7) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 3:41 PM


On Saturday, December 10th, Ric O'Barry, star of the Academy Award-winning documentary film The Cove, joined Filmmakers Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens, Actor-Comedian John Leguizamo and Race Car Driver Leilani Munter to take part in a momentous lighting ceremony at the...

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"Whale Murder" in the Faroe Islands: 100 Pilot Whales Slain for Cultural Tradition

(178) Comments | Posted September 4, 2011 | 11:03 PM

It was with deep anguish that I received confirmation early Friday afternoon from Faroese police authorities that over 100 pilot whales have been brutally slaughtered in the town of Vestmanna in the Faroe Islands. These numbers have undoubtedly since risen as locals continued throughout the day to carve up these...

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Faroe Islands Whale Slaughter Sparks International Controversy

(12) Comments | Posted July 31, 2011 | 5:09 PM

Torshavn, Faroe Islands -- Last week I had the opportunity to travel with a team of marine conservationists and film makers to screen the new documentary, Confessions of a Eco-Terrorist in the heart of the Faroese capitol of...

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Sustainable Tourism, Conservation and Culture Flourish in Fiji

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2011 | 1:36 PM

Located in the South Pacific about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand, The Republic of Fiji is comprised of 332 islands, of which nearly 110 are inhabited. On a recent trip to the bustling one-horse port town of Savusavu on Fiji's second largest island, Vanua...

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Virtual Conservation: Protecting Endangered Species and Habitats on Facebook

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2011 | 12:58 PM


Last week, Good World Games and Orangutan Outreach announced their partnership in MyConservation Park's orangutan mission -- a new Facebook game that allows players to manage their own orangutan park while helping to save orangutans in the...

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How Smartphones Can Safeguard The Future Of Agriculture In Uganda

(8) Comments | Posted June 26, 2011 | 3:00 PM

What does mobile phone technology have to do with farmers in Uganda? According to Karl Muth, an economist from The London School of Economics working with Grameen Foundation, the answer is simple -- mobile technology is a key ingredient in building and managing the...

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Sea Shepherd: Eco Terrorism or Environmental Justice?

(17) Comments | Posted June 2, 2011 | 3:49 PM

I have a personal confession to make: I adore Captain Paul Watson. Now this may not come as a major newsflash to those who know of my avid support and deep admiration for the man who has devoted his life work and given tirelessly to the ocean conservation movement since...

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Sea Shepherd Activists Outrun Somali Pirates in the Gulf of Aden

(11) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 7:07 PM

2011-05-09-STEVEIRWINCOLOR.jpg Last week The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's flagship vessel, the Steve Irwin, was tailed for several miles by three suspicious skiffs with six men in one, five in another and two in the third as the ship and crew...

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Sea Shepherd: Mission Accomplished in Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary

(68) Comments | Posted March 19, 2011 | 7:48 PM


Last week I had the opportunity to spend a week aboard The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's vessels, The Steve Irwin and The Bob Barker upon their return to port in Hobart, Tasmania after successfully shutting down Japanese whaling operations in the southern...

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The 11th Hour Strikes: Saving the Blue Fin Tuna From Extinction

(7) Comments | Posted February 23, 2011 | 10:34 AM

The fate of one of the ocean's largest fish and most important apex predators will be on the table at an inter-sessional meeting of The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) to take place February 21-25th in Barcelona, Spain. According to a recent report from...

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Win for the Sea Turtles: Protecting Endangered Species Through Conservation Travel

(1) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 3:53 PM

In today's world of rapid climate change, mass pollution and ever-increasing diminishment of species, thankfully there are still remarkable individuals out there on the front lines who somehow manage to see the light at the end of the dismal tunnel of despair and destruction. Through their extraordinary work and personal...

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"Sealing" the Deal: Canada's Legacy of Government Subsidized Cruelty Continues

(32) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 6:49 PM

2011-02-04-sealpupss1.jpgJust when environmentalists and animal rights advocates were beginning to see a light at the end of the deep, dark and disgraceful tunnel known as the Canadian seal hunt, Canada's very own Sarah Palin, Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, announced...

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Let the Buffalo Roam! America's Last Wild Herds Under Attack by US Government and Cattle Industry

(53) Comments | Posted January 13, 2011 | 2:00 PM

2011-01-11-Buffalo3.jpg Of the tens of millions of buffalo decimated by the government sanctioned genocide of the 1800's, the remaining two dozen sought refuge in what is now Yellowstone's remote Pelican Valley -- a move that ultimately ensured their survival as a species....

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Anti-Whaling Group Launches Innovative iPhone App

(3) Comments | Posted January 13, 2011 | 10:45 AM

Just when you thought that the fight to save whales couldn't get any more mainstream, The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society announced the successful launch of their new iPhone and iPad App earlier this week.

Founded in 1977, the high profile and often controversial non profit marine...

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'Tis the Season for Sea Shepherd to Defend Whales in Antarctica

(36) Comments | Posted December 26, 2010 | 6:52 PM

The Steve Irwin departs Bluff, New Zealand for the Southern Ocean whale sactuary, photo: Deborah Bassett

Earlier last week I met up with Captain Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd crew at the bottom of New Zealand's South Island as...

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Breaking The Plastic Addiction: TEDx Great Pacific Garbage Patch

(6) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 11:51 AM

Unless you have been residing in a cave or perhaps just a comfortable state of denial, surely you are already aware of the dreadful reality of plastic debris poisoning our oceans, toxifying our precious environment and causing serious harm to our delicate minds and bodies. On Saturday, November 6th, 

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World Surfing Champion Kelly Slater Opposes Dolphin Slaughters

(3) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 12:56 PM

When it comes to surfing, there is one name that dominates; Kelly Slater. Yet the nine time world champion who has recently been dubbed the number one competitive athlete across the board possesses more than the skill, grace, focus and stamina of a warrior athlete; he also shares a profound...

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Peaceful Warrior Ric O'Barry Speaks Out on Taiji Dolphin Slaughters

(13) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 1:37 PM

Environmentalists and animal rights activists around the world have been sitting on pins and needles this past week as the annual dolphin hunt that claims more than 20,000 innocent cetacean lives every year kicked off in the coastal village of Taiji,...

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