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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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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


Paddling For The Oceans Paddling For The Oceans
By Gary Stokes – Sea Shepherd Hong Kong
On 12th - 14th June, 2013 the best outrigger teams from around the world will be competing in the Olamau Race in Hawaii. This grueling race is the ultimate unlimited outrigger canoe challenge. The course is 100 miles covering some of the mo ... Read More


Sea Shepherd Launches Operation Reef Defense Campaign in Hawaii Sea Shepherd Launches Operation Reef Defense Campaign in Hawaii
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is proud to announce the launch of Operation Reef Defense, a global campaign to end the destruction of coral reefs and the many threats they face worldwide. Coral reefs represent some of the planet’s most ... Read More