Paul Watson is an environmental activist who founded the Sea Shepard Conservation Society, an organization that protects marine wildlife. Watson was also a founder of Greenpeace.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society frequently undertook dangerous expeditions to protect and defend marine wildlife from illegal poaching. Watson’s direct-action approach to saving the whales included positioning his ship, named after the Australian conservationist and television personality, Steve Irwin, between the whalers and a targeted pod of whales, entangling ropes in their propellers, throwing stink bombs onto the offending vessel, and even ramming up against the whaling ship. The society’s battle with a Japanese whaling fleet in 2006–07 was recorded in the documentary, “At the Edge of the World.” The group’s efforts were also chronicled in “Whale Wars,” which first aired on the Animal Planet network in 2008. In 2010, one of the society’s boats, the Ady Gil, sunk after colliding with a Japanese whaling boat while patrolling the seas under a modified Jolly Roger pirate flag,
Watson shares his passion for animals and the environment through his involvement with numerous other organizations, including Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Wolf, Fund for Animals, the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals, and the Sierra Club, of which he was director (2003–06). For his efforts on behalf of wildlife, Watson was granted the Genesis Award (1998), the George H.W. Bush Daily Point of Light Award (1999), and enrollment in the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2002.
Watson’s many books included Shepherds of the Sea (1980), Ocean Warrior (1994), and Seal Wars (2002). The documentary “Watson” (2019) chronicles his life.
Paul will speak on different topics at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, and sign books on both days.