Deepwater Oil Spill
The oil spill caused by BP (formerly known as "British Petroleum") in the Gulf of Mexico is the most significant manmade environmental disaster in the history of the United States. President Obama has made his opinion on this very public, and there is not a genuine conservationist on the planet who would disagree with him. Recriminations can come later; saving animals and habitats should be the immediate focus of every able environmentalist and conservation group who can do anything to help. read more
Operation Gulf Rescue
Sea Shepherd's early reconnaissance efforts in the Gulf have already revealed, and documented photographically, that the consequences of this oil leak will be very longterm and widespread and may not be recognized or understood for years to come. Thousands of seabirds in nesting colonies on the Gulf's offshore islands are now sitting on hatchlings, and their only available food supply is badly contaminated fish. Even if we could clean the feathers of every oiled bird and the bodies of every oiled sea turtle, we cannot prevent them from eating oiled fish and oiled jellyfish. The booms being set in place around these fragile islands barely catch the surface oil, but less than 2% of the oil being leaked into the sea actually makes it to the surface! New ideas are needed for how to render the in situ oil harmless to wildlife in the short and long term, and volunteers and equipment will be needed to implement these new techniques. Sea Shepherd volunteers have the passion, skills, and experience to make a real contribution in the Gulf. People know that Sea Shepherd gets the job done! We don't just protest and write horror stories of what we see; we go out and do something real to help the oceans and her wildlife.
We will do everything within our power to help rescue and protect the ocean ecosystems and marine life in the Gulf of Mexico, by land, air, or sea. All volunteers going to the Gulf will be certified in operations involving hazardous materials and treatment of oiled wildlife, and they will be experienced and skilled in all required areas, including boat handling, wildlife capture, transport, and treatment, and they will be approved by local authorities to support ongoing efforts in the Gulf. We have tremendously qualified volunteers standing by and readying themselves with further training. Now we need YOUR help to fund the boat and other equipment to get us there and get us to work. read more