Captain Paul Watson
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For 30 years, Captain Paul Watson has been at the helm of the world's most active marine protection non-profit 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. Watson majored in communications and linguistics at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

In 1972, Watson co-founded the Greenpeace Foundation (GP) in Vancouver, BC. From 1971-77, Watson 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 1976-77, he led all of the GP expeditions to protect harp seals on the ice floes of eastern Canada. In 1977, Watson 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, Watson 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, Watson 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 by Time Magazine as one of the environmental heroes of the 20th Century in the year 2000.

Headshot photo: Eric Cheng/Sea Shepherd

Entries by Captain Paul Watson

Farley Mowat - The Most Significantly Awesome Man I Have Ever Known

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Today is a very sad day for me.

The greatest Canadian I have ever known and one of my closest and dearest friends has died.

I spoke to him just a few weeks ago and he was as full of life as he always...

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Justiça feita para a Sea Shepherd

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Março marcou um momento histórico na longa luta para acabar com o massacre de baleias no Santuário de Baleias do Oceano Meridional.

Em 31 de março, a Corte Internacional de Justiça de Haia decidiu que as operações baleeiras japonesas em águas da Antártica não estão de acordo com as três...

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For Sea Shepherd - A Vindication

(16) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 7:00 PM

This week has been a turning point in the long struggle to end the slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

On Monday 31 March, the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled that the Japanese whaling operations in Antarctic waters are not in...

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Tears for the Land of the Rising Sun

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2011 | 10:16 PM

For Whom the Bell Tolls
by John Donne

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well...

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The Terrible, Troubling Tribulations of Being Called an Eco-terrorist

(61) Comments | Posted March 4, 2011 | 3:50 PM

"Yesterday I did not know what an eco-terrorist was. Now it appears that I am one?" - Sea Shepherd Deckhand Amanda Caldwell

When Japanese whalers, Canadian sealers, Costa Rican shark poachers, and Libyan bluefin tuna poachers call Sea Shepherd an "eco-terrorist" organization, I always have the same response: "Okay...

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The Cold War Over the Hottest of Blood

(4) Comments | Posted August 21, 2009 | 10:26 AM

They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains
the hottest blood of all, and the wildest, the most urgent.

-- D.H. Lawrence (Whales Weep Not)

As Animal Planet's highly rated show Whale Wars nears the end of its second season in the US and Canada, it...

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