Captain Peter Hammarstedt

Director, Sea Shepherd

Born in Sweden, Peter Hammarstedt, 33, sits on the Board of Sea Shepherd Global and is Chairman of Sea Shepherd Australia. He is the captain of the marine conservation ship ‘Bob Barker’ and as the Director of Campaigns for Sea Shepherd, oversees the development of programs to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing around the African continent.

For the past several years, Sea Shepherd has under Peter’s leadership, provided civilian offshore patrol vessels, under so-called ‘ship rider’ agreements, to the African coastal states of Liberia, Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe and Tanzania. 

Joint patrols between Sea Shepherd and the law enforcement agents of African coastal states have resulted in the arrests of over 21 illegal fishing vessels over the past three years; detecting and deterring IUU fishing activity while also monitoring legal compliance by licensed fishing operators.

The civilian offshore patrol vessels - provided at no cost to partner countries - have served as critical platforms for capacity-building of armed forces in increasing monitoring, control and surveillance capabilities in the maritime domain.