Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Established in 1977, 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.
We use 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 campaigns are guided by the United Nations World Charter for Nature. Sections 21-24 of the Charter provides authority to individuals to act on behalf of and enforce international conservation laws.
- Sea Shepherd cooperates fully with all international law enforcement agencies and its enforcement activities complying with standard practices of law and policing enforcement.
- Sea Shepherd adheres to the utilization of non-violent principles in the course of all actions and has taken a standard against violence in the protection of the oceans.
- The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is dedicated to working towards cooperative agreements between nations to protect species and habitats according to SSCS Mandate.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society respects and acts in accordance with the following international treaties, declarations, conventions, and charters:
The World Charter for Nature U.N. Res. A/37/7 (1982)
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) March 3rd, 1973, Washington, D.C.
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea December 10th, 1982, Montego Bay
The Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment June 5th -16th, 1972, Stockholm, Sweden
ASEAN Agreement on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources July 9th, 1985, Kuala Lumpur