Bastien Boudoire (Bas) - Captain
Since a very young age, I have admired the animal kingdom. To see a healthy, free animal is one of the most profound and beautiful experiences to my eyes. Therefore when I started sailing at the age of 19 as skipper in a French sailing school, I soon realized that the sea is not what we are shown in pictures or books. I witnessed that the demand for seafood was generating a worldwide killing industry in every way. To be part of the solution, I joined Sea Shepherd in 2010. That led me to take part in five campaigns:
- 2010-2011 Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign (Deckhand and crane operator on the M/Y Steve Irwin)
- 2011 Faroes Pilot Whale Defense Campaign (Deckhand and quartermaster on the M/V Brigitte Bardot)
- 2013-2014 Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign (2nd Officer on the M/V Bob Barker)
- 2014 Faroes, Pilot whale defend campaign (Pilot of the Mike Galesi)
- 2014-2015 Vaquita Porpoise Defense Campaign (1st Officer on the R/V Martin Sheen)
During those years I also spent time working on different sailing charter vessels (tall ships) in the Atlantic and North Atlantic, as a deckhand and watch keeper.
With Sea Shepherd, I have learned in the field that a movement of dedicated non-violent people can make political change and also give people a new way of seeing their relationships with animals and nature. There are numerous examples of depleted environments and species that have grown back considerably when humans stopped their destructive activities. Sea Shepherd is for the preservation of life, and it is my desire and privilege to help Sea Shepherd protect the oceans.
Carolina A. Castro - Media Producer
My name is Carolina and I am responsible for all the audio-visual production onboard the R/V Martin Sheen. I have been with Sea Shepherd on and off for over a decade. During this time I have participated in eight campaigns all over the globe. Before joining the crew of R/V Martin Sheen I was producing for the TV show "Whale Wars" onboard the Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker in the Southern Ocean.
I am also a sailor. Having lived four years onboard a small sailboat and travelling half the globe, mostly to very remote destinations that are not reachable by any other means of transportation, has solidified my commitment to protect the oceans.
As a filmmaker and documentary photographer, I believe in the power of images and the awareness that can be brought to light by documenting environmental issues. Change starts with knowledge and understanding - only then can action follow.
I am committed to documenting the overfishing and the exploitation of the oceans and to act as the eyes and ears of the world so that all can see and understand what is happening on our watch. Sea Shepherd’s crews onboard the ships are very important and fundamental for the survival of marine life, but the people at home supporting Sea Shepherd and other environmental causes are just as important. One does not exist without the other and that is why I am here, to make sure those at home are able to “travel” with us.
Jean Paul Geoffroy (JP) - Diver
I’m a Computer Engineer and a Scuba Diving Instructor from Chile. I have experience as a safety diver in other scientific operations, including in Antarctica. Right now I'm serving as a crewmember aboard the R/V Martin Sheen and am in charge of diving operations and drone piloting.
I joined Sea Shepherd because I believe in direct action and because I love the ocean. I know and believe that anyone can make the changes this planet needs.
I love all the creatures of the sea, and having this opportunity to work closely to protect their ocean home is awesome. Additionally, I hope that my unique skillset and knowledge can help this operation be as successful as possible.
Mar Casariego - Deckhand
My name is Mar Casariego. I am a recent law school graduate and a sailing instructor from a village near Barcelona, Spain.
I was born in a lighthouse, so the sea has been and continues to be an essential part of my life; I have been in love with the sea and ocean life as long as I can remember. I truly enjoy traveling the world, wildlife and nature, and I hope to have the opportunity to preserve all those amazing things.
Serving as a deckhand on the R/V Martin Sheen offers me the opportunity to combine my hobbies with my ideals, as well as, improving my sailing skills.
Mike Rigney - Second Mate
I’m a mechanical engineer from the USA, an avid sailor, scuba diver, and photographer, and am currently serving as 2nd Officer aboard the R/V Martin Sheen.
I first saw the impact of direct-action conservation while volunteering with an anti-poaching organization in South Africa. When I saw the positive effects that Sea Shepherd was having in ocean conservation, I knew that I needed to get involved. Crewing aboard the R/V Martin Sheen is a great fit for me, as it combines my passion for marine conservation and my love of sailing.
Shannon Walker - Cook
I’m Shannon Walker from Ontario, Canada. When I completed my bachelor of fine arts in 2013, I felt like I was missing something. I worked as an art teacher at two separate institutions, but still didn’t feel driven towards a career in the arts field. I then moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where I began to follow my passions for environmentalism and animal rights by becoming an activist in my community.
I find it important to support Sea Shepherd’s campaigns because humanity is on track to see fishless oceans by the middle of the 21st century. It is no longer about what my generation leaves for the future, but what my generation leaves for themselves. Our rates of consumption, combined with a disregard for a balanced ecosystem are driving species like the vaquita marina into extinction. I’m volunteering with Sea Shepherd because I have hope. Hope that I can help others realize how their habits and diets impact all ocean life, including the vaquita. I have hope that I will not see fish-less oceans in my lifetime, but instead see rebounding populations and thriving ecosystems.