Martin Sheen Protects Oceans, Newest Sea Shepherd Vessel Unveiled

Emilio Cogliani

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society christened its latest research vessel Saturday morning in Marina Del Rey, Calif naming it after award-winning actor and ocean activist Martin Sheen.

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Ocean activist Martin Sheen speaking at the press conference aboard the RV Martin Sheen, Captain Oona Layolle in the background. Photo credit: Naio Halter.

Martin Sheen has campaigned for 25 years with Sea Shepherd and long-time friend and founder of the movement Captain Paul Watson. These two intrepid warriors have stood shoulder-to-shoulder opposing brutal bludgeoning of Harp seals along Canada’s eastern seaboard.

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Martin Sheen and Captain Oona Layolle at the christening ceremony along the docks in Marina Del Rey, Calif. Photo credit: Naio Halter

Sheen told me that, “It’s a huge honor and privilege to have a research ship named after me. The biggest risk and danger to the world today are plastics in our oceans. The RV Martin Sheen will conduct scientific research…

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