Past Projects & Reports

Here you can read about past Sea Shepherd conservation and enforcement projects from 2008 and earlier.  For links to current projects (2009 to today) visit the Galapagos current projects.

Galapagos Field Report - March 6, 2008

March 6, 2008

Galapagos Field Report March 6, 2008 Recent Actions in the Galapagos Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's patrol vessel, the Sirenian, is on active patrol in the Galapagos National Park Marine Reserve, and for the first time in a long time, all three National Park patrol vessels are operational. On January 27, the Panamanian flagged purse seiner, Maria Del Mar A, was caught by the park boat Guadalupe River 4.2 nm (nautical miles) inside the Marine Reserve, to the south of the archipelago.When asked why they were inside the park withou ... Read More

Galapagos Field Report - March 2008

March 6, 2008

Galapagos Field Report March 2008 Sea Shepherd Deploys K-9 Unit to the Galapagos In cooperation with the Ecuadorian National Environmental Police, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has purchased six special police dogs from Colombia.  On February 17, Sea Shepherd Galapagos staff member Michelle Castro flew to Bogota-Colombia, along with Captain Patricio Galiano from the Rescue and Intervention Group (GIR).  Galiano is a specialist in K9 units and winner of the 2005 K-9 Olympics in Indiana. On February 18, Castro and Gialia ... Read More

Galapagos Field Report - October 2007

October 3, 2007

Galapagos Field Report October 2007 Sharkwater Documentary Has Positive Impact in Ecuador On October 3, 2007, Sea Shepherd Galapagos & Ecuador hosted the first screening of the acclaimed Sharkwater documentary in the capital city of Quito, Ecuador. The screening took place in the symbolic theatre of Quito, Teatro Bolivar. Over 500 people attended, including government officials and members of various businesses and environmental groups. The expression on attendees' faces denoted great admiration for this fantastic production. Sha ... Read More

Project Protect Sea Cucumbers

July 20, 2007

Project Protect Sea Cucumbers Sea cucumbers are found throughout the waters of the Galapagos and play a major role in the marine ecosystem of the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR). Unfortunately, overfishing of one particular sea cucumber species (Isostichopus fuscus) has caused their numbers to drop dangerously. Sea cucumbers are cylinder-shaped invertebrate animals that live in seas worldwide - most Galapagos sea cucumbers belong to the genus Holothuria. They are found in a variety of sea floor habitats, either buried in the sand or ... Read More

Longline Confiscation

July 1, 2007

Longline Confiscation The crew of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship spent a productive day on July 1st hauling in an illegal longline found 10 miles south of Isabela Island and some thirty miles inside the protected Galapagos National Park (GNP) Marine Reserve. International Director Jonny Vasic documents the miles of illegal long line that took the crew of the Farley Mowat over 5 hours to pull in On July 1, 2007, at 08:15am, deckhand Amber Paarman spotted a suspicious motorboat from our ship's crow's nest, at a distance of 6 ... Read More

Defending Sharks

June 1, 2007

Defending Sharks Sea Shepherd Galapagos Sting Results In Seizure Of Over 19,000 Shark FinsTwo-month Long Undercover Investigation Reveals Illegal Shark Fin Trade On Wednesday, June 13th, 2007, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and operatives of the Ecuadorian Environmental Police seized a total of 19, 018 shark fins and arrested four suspects. "This successful sting is the result of several months working covertly with the cooperation of General Bolivar Cisneros, chief commander of the Ecuadorian National Police," said Sea Shepherd ... Read More

Operation Mangrove

April 1, 2007

Operation Mangrove Since April of 2007, Sea Shepherd Galapagos (SSG) Teams have been investigating the political corruption and environmental crimes surrounding Isabela, which has seen the devastation of wetlands vital to the overall ecosystem and unique wildlife that call mangroves their home. We are calling this project Operation Mangrove. The mayor of Isabela, Pablo Gordillo Gil,  has been sanctioned with six environmental crimes; this time for the cutting of mangroves (White Mangrove or Laguncularia Racemosa) which are inha ... Read More

Galapagos Field Report - February 2007

February 1, 2007

Galapagos Field Report February 2007 Cruise Ship M/V Discovery: The Self-Destruction of Tourism in the Galapagos Islands? The number of people visiting the Galapagos Islands continues to rise every year at exponential rates (census estimates reach 130,000+ per year). Indeed, it is considered one of the top ten eco destinations in the world and perhaps the last of the remaining "natural laboratories" on this planet. In January, the islands saw the return of the large cruise liner, M/V Discovery of Discovery World Cruises, Inc., with a ... Read More

Galapagos Field Report - February 2007

February 1, 2007

Galapagos Field Report February 2007 Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, and the International Whaling Commission Many humpback whales are born in Ecuadorian waters and migrate to the Antarctic waters each year. In Ecuador's Puerto Lopez alone, it is estimated that 2,000 whales arrive between June and August every year to give birth. The whale watching industry in Ecuador is booming with over 15,000 visitors generating approximately USD$3,630,000.00 every year. Ecuador has a strong history of protecting whales within territorial waters and i ... Read More

Galapagos Field Report - February 2007

February 1, 2007

Galapagos Field Report February 2007 Local Pilot Training: Aerial Surveillance of the Galapagos Marine Reserve Sea Shepherd Galapagos kicks off its Direct Action Control & Surveillance (DACS) training program in 2007 by providing USD$5,000.00 to train Galapagos native, Juan Francisco Carrillo, a local pilot to get him one step closer to his commercial pilot's license. This is a requirement of the Galapagos National Park before pilots can provide aerial patrols of the Galapagos Marine Reserve with its Sea Wolf amphibious surveilla ... Read More

Galapagos Field Report - February 2007

February 1, 2007

Galapagos Field Report February 2007 Rafael Correa: Ecuador elects its 8th President in the Last Ten Years What is the impact of the elections for the Galapagos Islands? Well, many people are not aware of the fact that Ecuadorian politics and instability over the last 10 years have had a direct and indirect influence on the instability that has plagued the Galapagos Islands. Last year, we saw a glimpse of hope of a return to stability with the historic decision by Ana Alban, Ecuador's Minister of the Environment, to elect not only th ... Read More

Galapagos Field Report - January 2007

January 1, 2007

Galapagos Field Report January 2007 Happy Holidays from the Galapagos Islands! Reporting from the field, the Sea Shepherd Galapagos Team is happy to report a successful year 2006 for the protection of marine wildlife within the Galapagos Islands. With the inauguration of the new Sea Shepherd field office in the Galapagos we have been able to kick start a new research and education program to help educate local children and tourists about conservation issues facing the wildlife of the marine reserve. Sea Shepherd has been at the foref ... Read More

Galapagos Field Report - November 2006

November 1, 2006

Galapagos Field Report November 2006 Latin music sensation Kino Rankins speaks out about illegal shark finning practices within the Galapagos Islands The music genre known as Reggaeton is sweeping through Latin America and many youth are embracing this music as their own. Puerto Rican reggaeton superstar Kino Rankins was invited to entertain Galapagos residents during the recent presidential campaign in Ecuador. Sea Shepherd Galapagos took the opportunity to invite Kino Rankins to sit down in our office and learn about the problems ... Read More

Galapagos Field Report - August 2006

August 1, 2006

Galapagos Field Report August 2006 Sharks Under Attack in the Galapagos Dylan Walker reports that the problems faced by sharks in the Galapagos may have been overlooked - until now Darwin's Finches, Giant Tortoises and Land Iguanas are amongst the most famous animals of the Galapagos. All are incredibly tame, fascinating animals that have suffered at the hands of mankind and have therefore become the focus of conservation efforts on the islands. But there is much more to Galapagos than the 13 mounds of volcanic rock emerging from the ... Read More

Galapagos Field Report - July 2006

July 1, 2006

Galapagos Field Report July 3-14, 2006 Paul Watson being interviewed in the Galapagos Islands From July 3rd through July 14th President and Founder of Sea Shepherd, Captain Paul Watson, was being interviewed by a French TV. Accompanied by the French TV film crew was Mathieu Mauvernay, Sea Shepherd France Representative, who helped organize this French documentary on Captain Paul Watson in the Galapagos Islands. Sea Shepherd Galapagos Director of Operations, Sean O'Hearn-Gimenez, and Sea Shepherd France Director, Mathieu Mavernay, me ... Read More

Galapagos Field Report - July 2006

July 1, 2006

Galapagos Field Report July 4, 2006 Captain Paul Watson Inaugurates Sea Shepherd Galapagos Office Sea Shepherd President and Founder Captain Paul Watson arrived in the Galapagos Islands on the 4th of July to meet with Sean O'Hearn-Gimenez, our Director of Operations in the Galapagos, to officially inaugurate our office. The new office is conveniently located adjacent to the Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station on the island of Santa Cruz. Captain Paul Watson meets with Galapagos National Park Director Raq ... Read More