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July 6th, 2019
  1. Conducted capacity-building workshops providing legal and policy support to multiple government agencies combatting fisheries crime in Gabon, Central West Africa.
  2. Developed a legislative framework for the protection of sharks and rays in western African waters and successfully argued to uphold penalties against illegal shark fishing activities in Ecuador.
  3. Submitted briefing to the Peruvian supreme court pushing for strong sanctions against the world’s largest factory vessel that had been caught engaging IUU fishing.
  4. Battled against whaling on multiple fronts – currently fighting the National Marine Fisheries Service’s plan to allow gray whales to be slaughtered in Washington State.
  5. Commenced a legal battle to protect the critically endangered Māui dolphin from bycatch in New Zealand.
  6. Continued litigation against the Trump Administration for failing to transparently share information about its ongoing assault on the oceans.

These are just a handful of the ways in which Sea Shepherd Legal is Securing Justice for the Sea in 2019.

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July 6th, 2019

Lima, Peru– Earlier this month, Sea Shepherd Legal filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of Peru (Sala Penal Permanente de la Corte Suprema de Justicia de la República del Perú) in support of the legal viability of criminal charges against the former owner of the Damanzaihao.

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May 23rd, 2019

On May 21, 2019, Ecuador’s highest court issued a landmark rulingin the fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Sea Shepherd Legal was honored to collaborate with Dr. Hugo Echeverría and a leading national organization, la Coordinadora Ecuatoriana de Organizaciones para la Defensa de la Naturaleza y el Medio Ambiente(CEDENMA), in the presentation of written arguments in this matter.

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April 9th, 2019

Peru is a microcosm of the world’s environmental challenges. A country endowed with dense jungle, soaring mountains, and one of the richest marine ecosystems on Earth, Peru is a nature photographer’s dream. Yet these same splendors attract individuals with nefarious motives — people and companies eager to strip Peru of its minerals, timber, and wildlife. When we add in crippling poverty and a lack of government resources, we have a recipe for environmental disaster.

No area is more emblematic of this toxic mixture than Madre de Dios. Ground zero for Peru’s illegal gold-mining industry, Madre de Dios, home of jaguars and pink river dolphins, is now infamous for scenes like this:

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January 3rd, 2019


A perfect storm is upon us – lashing with vengeance at the last vestiges of healthy space in the oceans. Keystone species are vanishing, poaching is rampant, plastics are ubiquitous, and coral reefs are fading. The current U.S. administration’s pro-industry agenda makes these threats all the more menacing.

At Sea Shepherd Legal, we share in your hope that the oceans can weather the storm — to rise resilient, to prevail against the odds. We stand committed to using our expertise, extensive global network, and unwavering passion to ensure a future for the oceans and the extraordinary life that inhabits them. Our work throughout 2017 illustrates that commitment.

This report provides just a glimpse of our progress in 2017 and showcases how much we have accomplished in the few short years since we conceived of founding the only law firm dedicated solely to enhancing legal protections for the oceans. Whether demanding policy reform, collaborating with governments, or pushing for the prosecution of poachers, we are securing justice for the sea.

Thank you for your own commitment to marine life, for standing with us at the helm, and for your confidence in our ability to fight the good fight.


For the oceans,

Catherine Pruett

Executive Director, Sea Shepherd Legal

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December 10th, 2018

Kudos to the Peruvian Ministry of Production (PRODUCE), through the Directorate General of Supervision, Surveillance and Sanction of the Vice Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture, for seizing 19 tonnes of giant squid that had been illegally caught. The confiscated products were on the Chinese fishing boat Run Da 608.

Read more here: https://www.fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=...

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October 3rd, 2018

Japan's“scientific” whaling in the North Pacific has been declared illegal by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and could result in trade sanctions unless Japanese whalers cease hunting endangered sei whales. Japan kills whales under the pretext of "scientific research." In reality, however, the majority of the whale meat is eaten by Japanese consumers.

Simply put, Japan is violating the CITES ban on international trade of sei whales by catching the whales beyond its territorial waters and bringing them back to Japan.

Sea Shepherd Legal's esteemed partner, Professor Erica Lyman from theInternational Environmental Law Project at Lewis and Clark Law School, stated: “There was no question about Japan’s non-compliance. With this decision, the CITES Standing Committee put the integrity of the convention above politics,”


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July 17th, 2018

Icelandic whalers standing around a killed fin whale in late June 2018.

Icelandic whalers standing around a killed fin whale in late June 2018.


June 20th, 2018

Image result for Trump’s new oceans policy washes away Obama’s emphasis on conservation and climate

Marine conservation and addressing climate change are out. Jobs and national security are in.


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June 7th, 2018

China Fishery factory vessel Damanzaihao, previously known as Lafayette.

Photo: Marine Traffic

Belize has revoked its registration of China Fishery-owned factory vessel Damanzaihao.


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