CEO Captain Alex Cornelissen & Herbert


Defending, Conserving & Protecting our Oceans

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization.

Established in 1977, our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. We use innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.

Herbert Nitsch is an Ocean Advocacy Advisory Board member of SSCS

Founder Captain Paul Watson


An initiative by European Union citizens

Although the removal of fins on board of EU vessels and in EU waters is prohibited and sharks must be landed with their fins naturally attached, the EU is among the biggest exporters of fins and a major transit hub for the global fin trade.

EU is a major player in the exploitation of sharks and as inspections at sea are scarce fins are still illegally retained, transshipped, or landed in EU.


Every year, between 63 and 273 million sharks die as a result of human activity. The exact numbers remain speculation, as there is a lack of reliable data and the worldwide number of unreported cases of illegal fishing is extremely high. Sharks are hunted worldwide, primarily because of their fins. These are eaten especially in the Asian region as shark fin soup. For this supposed delicacy, with a few grams of fins, up to 90€ are required. A lucrative business with huge profit margins at the expense of the sharks!

ZDF Documentary

Sea Shepherd - USA

Sea Shepherd - Austria


SSCS - Florida

Sea Shepherd - Germany


Sea Shepherd - Italy

SSCS CEO in Austria