Who We Are
Sea Shepherd Legal is a nonprofit, public interest, environmental law firm led by a team of attorneys dedicated to marine conservation. Recognizing and embracing the multi-disciplinary nature of marine conservation work, we partner with scientific advisors, investigators, policy specialists and government officials across the world.
What We Do
Sea Shepherd Legal employs all available avenues to protect marine wildlife. From working to end the illegal poaching of sharks for their fins and to stop the brutal killing of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands, to pursuing the establishment of legal rights for wildlife, Sea Shepherd Legal has developed a diverse and unprecedented case docket, fulfilling its mission through litigation, policymaking, and public outreach.
Why We Do It
Overharvested and underprotected, our oceans are dying. Scores of marine wildlife species are at risk of extinction and marine ecosystems are in grave danger of total collapse. Immediate action is needed to build a legal framework to address this tragedy. As it stands, there exists only a patchwork of international environmental conventions that provide any measure of protection for marine wildlife, and domestic laws are rife with loopholes and lack of enforcement.
Team & Allies
Our team consists of multiple attorneys supported by allies including scientific advisors, investigators, law school environmental programs, and government officials. We work together to effectively protect marine wildlife and habitats across the globe.
Our board members include: Captain Paul Watson, Pamela Anderson, Tambrey Laine, Catherine Pruett, Peter Rysman, Pritam Singh and Brett Sommermeyer.
“Just as we have the power to harm the ocean, we have the power to put in place policies and modify our own behavior in ways that would be an insurance policy for the future of the sea, for the creatures there, and for us, protecting special critical areas in the ocean.” -Sylvia Earle