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Historic Ship Joins the Fight Against IUU

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is proud to announce the acquisition of the MV Sharkwater, a storied vessel with a long history of conservation. SSCS took possession of the ship 12 miles off-shore of San Diego, CA on July 8, 2022. Built in 1997, the 48 x 7.4 meter ship will be the largest in the
Published: July 29, 2022 - 09:00
Updated: July 23, 2023 - 01:06
Historic Ship Joins the Fight Against IUU

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is proud to announce the acquisition of the MV Sharkwater, a storied vessel with a long history of conservation. SSCS took possession of the ship 12 miles off-shore of San Diego, CA on July 8, 2022.

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Built in 1997, the 48 x 7.4 meter ship will be the largest in the SSCS fleet, weighing in at 287 gross tons. Throughout August and September it will be re-fitted for Sea Shepherd’s missions in protecting the vaquita in the Upper Gulf of California and in fighting against IUU in the Pacific Ocean. The vessel will embark on its first campaign once those updates are complete.

MV Sharkwater in the service of Sea Shepherd

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will continue its long history of direct action and being on the front lines with our long-term campaign to protect the vaquita and fight IUU fishing, SSCS Chairman of the Board Pritam Singh recently said. The Sharkwater expands our capacity to protect endangered wildlife, and we are thrilled this ship’s rich history of activism will now be part of our campaigns. The threats to our oceans are growing and our fleet must grow to meet this moment. All of this is possible because of the continued support of our donors, volunteers, crews, and staff.

The Sharkwater’s service in the cause of protecting marine wildlife is legendary. Originally named Senshu Maru, the ship initially served as a Japanese fishing vessel. In 2017, it was purchased by Fins Attached, a marine conservation organization dedicated to the protection of oceanic ecosystems and conservation of sharks. The vessel was re-christened Sharkwater in honor of the late filmmaker and conservationist Rob Stewart.

The addition of the Sharkwater to the Sea Shepherd fleet will continue his legacy of protecting sharks and marine ecosystems in oceans around the world.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society expects to announce the ship’s first campaign in the fall of 2022.


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Marcin Pawełczyk
Marcin’s journey with diving has been an adventure. Starting as a recreational diver, he soon found himself drawn to the fascinating stories and mysteries of Baltic wrecks. After gaining experience, Marcin decided to go beyond just leisurely exploration and took his training up a notch by completing the TMX course, allowing him to explore even deeper and uncover the secrets of inaccessible places. His next challenge has been cave diving, where he is honing his skills to become a certified diver. Not content to simply take in the breathtaking beauty of underwater life, Marcin has also embraced underwater photography since 2018, capturing stunning shots that bring these worlds alive for those who are unable to experience them first-hand. Marcin’s passion for the underwater has taken him far and is sure to continue doing so as he dives into new depths and captures breathtaking images.
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