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The Captain Paul Watson Foundation: Pioneers in Marine Protection

At the heart of the Captain Paul Watson Foundation is a steadfast commitment to advancing the enduring vision of Captain Paul Watson—a vision deeply rooted in direct action for oceanic preservation. With a focus that spans from education to frontline conservation efforts, we document critical research and forge alliances that span NGOs, governments, and global institutions like the United Nations. Our agile and small team ensures that our mission remains pure and potent, free from the tangles of excess bureaucracy.

The 3 Laws of Ecology


The Law of Diversity

The strength of an eco-system is dependent upon the diversity of species within it.


The Law of Interdependence

All species depend on each other for survival.


The Law of Finite Resources

There are limits to growth and limits to carrying capacity.

Action Not Words

Unified for Ocean Conservation: The Paul Watson Foundation & Neptune’s Pirates

Our survival is intricately linked to the health of the oceans.

For over five decades, Captain Paul Watson has been the vanguard of the seas, courageously halting unlawful activities that threaten marine life. His legacy of 'aggressive non-violence' has seen the cessation of whale hunts in sanctuaries and the shutdown of countless illicit operations worldwide. As a pivotal figure in marine conservation, founding Sea Shepherd and co-founding Greenpeace, Captain Watson's unwavering resolve has championed the oceans' cause. The Captain Paul Watson Foundation is the latest initiative, advancing these essential efforts with renewed energy and focusing on direct and impactful action.


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Check out the latest news on The CPWF and stay up to date on everything marine conservation.

Learn about the principles of biocentrism, interdependence, and the laws of ecology.

Donate, volunteer, or follow along with all of our direct action campaigns.

The foundation's mission is guided by the three fundamental laws of ecology that underline the interconnectedness of the world's ecosystems. These principles inform our strategies and initiatives, ensuring that we uphold the balance of nature as we carry out our work.

Action Over Words: Our Oceans, Our Responsibility

The Captain Paul Watson Foundation stands as the guiding force behind Neptune's Pirates, embodying the spirit of determination and action required to enact real change. As the parent organization, CPWF not only sets the course but also steers the collective efforts of our volunteers toward impactful conservation outcomes. Neptune's Pirates, along with the volunteers on-the-ground for campaigns operating under the CPWF, translates our shared vision into tangible action, engaging communities worldwide in the preservation of marine biodiversity.

Together, CPWF and Neptune's Pirates represent a unified front against the threats to our oceans. From the smallest plankton to the largest whales, every life form in the ocean is part of a complex and delicate web that we are dedicated to protecting. Our initiatives range from combating illegal fishing practices to cleaning up plastic pollution and advocating for the silent voices of marine life.

As we continue to grow and evolve, the partnership between the Captain Paul Watson Foundation and Neptune's Pirates remains rooted in direct action and unwavering resolve. We stand ready to confront challenges head-on, harnessing the power of education, research, and collaboration to drive forward a movement that honors and preserves the intricate dance of life beneath the waves.

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