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RATs visit Sea Shepherd

On Friday, 8th June, a group of our own marine conservation enthusiasts from BWIC were fortunate to be invited for a tour of the M/V John Paul Dejoria – 110-foot, anti-paoching fast patrol vessel which forms part of the Sea Shepherd global fleet of twelve boats.

Sea Shepherd is an international direct-action ocean conservation movement. Their mission is to protect defenseless marine wildlife and end the destruction of habitat in the world’s oceans. Founded in 1977 by Paul Watson, one of the original members of Greenpeace, it has grown into an unstoppable global movement with independent groups established in over 20 countries. Sea Shepherd has used innovative direct action tactics to defend, conserve and protect the delicately-balanced biodiversity of our seas and enforce international conservation laws. So we felt very fortunate to be invited on board and to meet the crew!

Being on the Sea Shepherd was truly amazing and very inspiring. We got to see how volunteers sacrificed and gave up so much to actually take the initiative to fight and actually do something for the sea. We got a close up  look at what they do, in  particular focusing on their latest campaign: Operation Milagro in the sea of Cortez. It was very inspiring to witness all of this and I do hope one day that I could take part in this task to save our oceans.


                                                                                                                                 [Tristan Grandsire Yr9]

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