R/V Martin Sheen with black sail. Photo: Carolina A CastroR/V Martin Sheen with black sail. Photo: Carolina A CastroSea Shepherd Conservation Society, the leading direct-action marine conservation non-profit, will hold public ship tours of its two vessels, the R/V Martin Sheen and M/V Farley Mowat, on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 in San Diego.

On these dates, tours of the Martin Sheen and Farley Mowat will be free and open to the public from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. local time each day at 1492 N Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101 (north of the San Diego Maritime Museum). In addition to providing tours of both vessels, Sea Shepherd crew will share information about the organization’s work to defend ocean wildlife and habitats worldwide, along with their first-hand experiences as crewmembers. Sea Shepherd will also accept much-needed donations to fund the organization’s wildlife missions.

John Paul Mitchell Systems will be on-hand at the event, offering a $5 braid bar and style lounge for guests on May 7 only from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., with proceeds benefitting Sea Shepherd. Attendees can also purchase Sea Shepherd merchandise at the event.

Both ships recently returned from a mission in the Gulf of California, aimed at saving the critically endangered vaquita porpoise. The R/V Martin Sheen is a 92-foot sailing ketch acquired in Los Angeles in 2014 and named for long-time celebrity supporter, Martin Sheen. The R/V Martin Sheen has been conducting a combination of research, education and anti-poaching work for the last year. The boat left Los Angeles in 2015 to begin Operation Milagro in Mexico’s Gulf of California, working in partnership with the Mexican Navy to protect the critically endangered vaquita porpoise.

At the end of the fishing season, the Martin Sheen moved to Costa Rica and Cocos Island before moving back to the Gulf of California where it has just completed Operation Milagro II. The Martin Sheen will visit the coast of British Columbia during the summer of 2016 to undertake a campaign to protect wild salmon and to oppose the destruction caused by domestic salmon farms. In addition to this work, the R/V Martin Sheen has been involved in an ethical research whale project, dedicated to collecting samples from whales to measure the levels of toxins in the Gulf of California.

The M/V Farley MowatThe M/V Farley MowatThe M/V Farley Mowat is a 110-foot former Coast Guard Cutter, purchased from the U.S. government in 2015. John Paul DeJoria is a longtime supporter and dear friend of Sea Shepherd (also the co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems, which is recognized for making professional salon beauty products and its commitment to the professional beauty industry). DeJoria supports charities that promote environmental sustainability, social responsibility and the protection of animals. DeJoria generously sponsored the purchase of the M/V Farley Mowat, also made possible with a bequest left to Sea Shepherd by Sea Shepherd International Chair and famed Canadian writer and environmentalist Farley Mowat, who passed away in 2014.

The Farley Mowat was outfitted as a high speed anti-poaching patrol boat. The vessel was recently working with the Martin Sheen on Operation Milagro II in Mexico. The vessel will now move to Costa Rica to continue anti-poaching work at Cocos Island. The Farley Mowat recently saved the life of a Humpback whale, found entangled in a gillnet in the Gulf of California.

The crew of the Martin Sheen and Farley Mowat look forward to sharing this and other important conservation information at the ship tours in San Diego on May 7 and 8. Those who are unable to visit the ship but would like to help can Donate or Shop to Support.

Crew of the Martin Sheen. Photo: Carolina A CastroCrew of the Martin Sheen. Photo: Carolina A Castro

Captain Oona Layolle. Photo: Carolina A CastroCaptain Oona Layolle. Photo: Carolina A Castro

The M/V Farley Mowat at sunset with crew on bow. Photo: Sea ShepherdThe M/V Farley Mowat at sunset with crew on bow. Photo: Sea Shepherd

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