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SEA SHEPHERD LEGAL
Sea Shepherd Legal
Securing Justice for the Sea
SEA SHEPHERD LEGAL
Sea Shepherd Legal
Securing Justice for the Sea
SEA SHEPHERD LEGAL

Our projects fall generally within one or more of the following areas, which encompass the greatest threats to marine species and habitats:

 
Marine Mammal ExploitationSource: Sea Shepherd

Marine Mammal Exploitation

Sea Shepherd Legal fights to end the slaughter and captivity of marine mammals by enhancing legal protections, demanding effective application of laws, and generating greater public awareness.  Often keystone species, marine mammals play an indispensable role in ocean ecosystem health, making this a critically important area of focus.

 

Illegal & Irresponsible Fishing

Rampant poaching, lack of regulation, lax oversight, perverse subsidies, and inappropriate quota setting are leading to the loss of numerous species and collapse of marine ecosystems. Sea Shepherd Legal is targeting each of these problems by working with governments and prosecutors across the globe to build stronger protective regimes and take a strong stance against illicit fishing activities.  

Illegal and Irresponsible Fishing
Source: Sea Shepherd
 
Inadequate Species ProtectionsSource: Sea Shepherd

Inadequate Species Protections

Marine wildlife and habitats are severely imperiled.  Laws that are supposed to be protective are replete with systemic loopholes that value economic gain over species protection.  Sea Shepherd Legal fights to right the balance by bringing government agencies to task through policy development, take-action campaigns and litigation.

 

Coastal & Marine Development

Coastal and marine development wreak havoc on highly sensitive ecosystems, destroying turtle nesting grounds, reefs and water quality.  Sea Shepherd Legal works to mitigate these losses by addressing core issues such as indiscriminate permitting, inappropriate financial support, insufficient laws and lack of enforcement.

Coastal and Marine Development
Source: Cyprus Mail
 
Destructive Marine Extractive Industries
Source: Nautilus Minerals

Destructive Marine Extractive Industries

Out of sight, but not out of mind - Sea Shepherd Legal is working to address less obvious practices that threaten the oceans.  For example, deep seabed mining and marine fracking occur routinely but rarely receive public attention.  These activities are underregulated and underenforced, lack transparency and are permitted with insufficient scrutiny.

 

Ocean Noise Pollution

Ocean noise pollution from such things as military sonar, seismic surveys and vessel traffic imperils marine wildlife.  To decrease the incidence of cetacean strandings and other ecological tragedies, Sea Shepherd Legal works to bolster protective laws, demand enforcement and respond to activities that add to the deafening roar.

Ocean Noise Pollution
Source: Sea Shepherd
 
Marine Pollution
Source: Sea Shepherd

Marine Pollution

Congested with pollution ranging from plastics to derelict fishing gear, the oceans have become a veritable minefield for marine species.  Sea Shepherd Legal aims to address these concerns by working to strengthen responsive laws, enhance enforceability and discourage irresponsible practices.

 

Climate Change

Climate change exacerbates all other threats to marine wildlife and habitats - disastrously skewing ocean temperatures, ecological cycles, and food sources.  Sea Shepherd Legal is committed to ensuring that decisionmakers take the impacts of climate change into consideration when determining the adequacy of marine species protections.

Climate Change
Source: Sea Shepherd
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