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Operation Reef Defense

The worlds' coral reefs systems are in a state of crisis- Sea Shepherd Operation Reef Defense is dedicated to protecting these vital eco-systems globally!

Coral reefs represent some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on Earth, providing critical habitat to approximately 25 percent of all marine species. Human activities including overfishing, coastal development, pollution, climate change, marine debris and wildlife trafficking for the aquarium hobby trade have contributed to a global loss of these important ecosystems. 25% of the world's reefs are already gone or damaged beyond recovery and over 60% are degraded or under risk of collapse. Join Sea Shepherd in protecting these planetary life-supporting systems and natural treasures to ensure healthy oceans for future generations to come...

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Sea Shepherd Responds in Wake of Vicious Attack Upon One of its Divers by Wildlife Trafficker Sea Shepherd Responds in Wake of Vicious Attack Upon One of its Divers by Wildlife Trafficker
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is setting the record straight in response to aquarium trade collectors speaking out about Sea Shepherd’s effort to document trafficking of reef wildlife off the Kona Coast, in particular regarding their ... Read More


Sea Shepherd Diver Attacked While Documenting Aquarium Trade Wildlife Trafficking Sea Shepherd Diver Attacked While Documenting Aquarium Trade Wildlife Trafficking
A diver documenting an aquarium trade wildlife collection operation on a Hawaiian reef off the Kona Coast as part of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Operation Reef Defense was nearly killed by a reef fish collector in an unprovoked an ... Read More


As the Oceans Choke on Plastic so do the Whales As the Oceans Choke on Plastic so do the Whales
Commentary by Erwin Vermeulen
On July 29, 2013, a sperm whale became stranded on Terschelling, one of the northern islands of my home country, the Netherlands. A rescue attempt was undertaken as the whale was still alive when found, but sadly, the animal died. The whale ... Read More


Sea Shepherd Outrigger Team: Paddling For The Cause Sea Shepherd Outrigger Team: Paddling For The Cause
From June 12-14th, Sea Shepherd participated in the second annual Olamau Race on the Big Island of Hawaii, placing 14th out of 19 teams — well done for Sea Shepherd's initiation into the paddling world! The ultimate Unlimited Outrigger Ca ... Read More