Sea Shepherd – the oceans can't live without them!
Every Diver weather is busy at the Sea Shepherd booth. Merchandise from the organization that protects the oceans and marine life is selling like hot cakes – all for a good cause! Organization volunteers continuously answer questions from the public and talk about Sea Shepherd's projects. This will be no different at Duikvaker 2020!
I met Geert Vons, the organization's global artistic director and director of the Netherlands, at Sea Shepherd in Amsterdam South. His office above the store breathes art – just like himself. On the table are the illustrations for a new project he is working on. Painting, fine art, tattooing, music, he effortlessly combines it with his mission to protect the oceans. “We have a lot of followers among the divers, who are people who love the oceans. But there is also an even larger group of people that we want to reach in a different way. Art is a wonderful tool for that.” Geert's Sea Shepherd art is therefore exhibited worldwide. “In this way we draw attention to the importance of healthy oceans in a different way.” His work will soon be on display in Switzerland, for example.
Sea Shepherd Tattoo
The tattoo studio in the Amsterdam store also attracts attention and a completely different target group. But what's in it for Sea Shepherd? “A lot,” says Geert, who is also a tattoo artist himself. “The idea arose after a vlog project by the Dutch Postcode Lottery, of which we are one of the charities. And once the ball started rolling, we received a lot of support from suppliers. Thanks to them, all proceeds from the tattoo studio will go straight to Sea Shepherd.” There are also regular guest artists who tattoo for charity. An idea?!
But Sea Shepherd's primary goal remains to protect the oceans. They are of course known to the general public for the actions against the Japanese whalers (and the Whale Wars series). Sea Shepherd has since shifted its focus to West Africa, among others. In it, the organization works together with the governments of a number of countries to take a stand against illegal fishing. Sea Shepherd actively seeks out illegal fishermen and works with the local Coast Guard to ensure that these offenders are arrested. This benefits not only marine life, but also the local coastal communities that largely depend on what the sea brings them for their food.
When marine life or entire ecosystems are at risk, Sea Shepherd anywhere in the world is always showing its teeth, always within the limits of applicable laws and regulations.
Stop by the Sea Shepherd booth (Hall 2, booth 302) and find out about current activities. And support the organization – buy merchandise, get a tattoo (in Amsterdam!) or donate! With your contribution, the ocean can be protected a little better.
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