SEA SHEPHERD UK

THE SUBTROPIC NOW DONATES 2.5% OF ITS SALES TO SEA SHEPHERDS UK FROM 2022-2023!

WHAT IS SEA SHEPHERDS UK?

The objectives of Sea Shepherd UK are to conserve and protect the UK’s and the world’s marine ecosystems, habitats and species. Sea Shepherd UK may also engage in conservation activities to protect freshwater habitats and species.

The charity endeavours to accomplish these goals through public education, investigation, documentation and, where appropriate (and where legal authority exists under international law or under agreement of national governments) to help enforce violations of international treaties, laws and conventions designated to protect the oceans.

All of Sea Shepherd UK’s campaigns to defend marine wildlife or habitats are guided by the United Nations World Charter for Nature or other relevant national or international conservation laws, treaties and regulations.

THE KEY GOAL?

Sea Shepherd UK is a registered marine conservation charity whose primary mission is to end the destruction of habitats and illegal killing of wildlife around the UK's coastline and across the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect marine ecosystems and species.

Sea Shepherd UK uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities committed against marine wildlife. Sea Shepherd UK also engaging in campaigns to help defend and restore coastal and marine areas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems, Sea Shepherd UK works to ensure their survival for future generations.

SEA SHEPHERDS UK’S MARINE DEBRIS CAMPAIGN

The Issue?

For years the oceans have been regarded as a dumping ground. According to estimates there are 86 million tonnes of plastic in the oceans, more than 5 trillion pieces and most of them less than 5mm in size.

We’re adding 8 million tonnes to this every year and in some parts of the ocean,  plastic particles outnumber plankton by 26 to 1.

In 30 years, if we carry on this way, the weight of plastic in the oceans will be greater than the weight of fish.

Often the only time we come face to face with this marine debris is when we are walking along the beach, but what we don’t see is the damage that litter and discarded fishing gear do to wildlife. On Sea Shepherd campaigns all around the globe, we are seeing the effects of these plastics on sea birds, turtles, whales, dolphins and fish.

The Plan?

Our MDC is part of a global effort by the Sea Shepherd movement around the world to bring volunteers and members of the general public together to undertake beach cleans in their local area.

Beach cleans are an excellent opportunity for people to witness first hand the effects their everyday choices as consumers have on our most valuable natural resource, the oceans. We encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to join us for a few hours where we will clean an area of local beach, examine the findings and chat about how we can encourage others to reduce their impact on our beaches. We will then ensure that the collected rubbish is disposed of responsibly in cooperation often with local councils or recycled where possible.

After a brief safety briefing, one of Sea Shepherd UK’s volunteers will hand out litter picking equipment and those attending will normally move up the beach as a team, collecting everything they find that doesn’t belong there.

FOR MORE INFO CHECKOUT: https://www.seashepherd.org.uk/

Part of THE SUBTROPIC' commitment to helping end plastic waste