Peter Hammarstedt

Born in Sweden, Peter 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 Global, oversees the development of programs to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing around the African continent.

In 2015, the ‘Bob Barker’, under Peter’s command, set the world record for the longest pursuit of a poaching vessel at sea after chasing the Interpol-wanted F/V Thunder for 110 days before it sank in the Gulf of Guinea.

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 year; detecting and deterring IUU fishing activity while also monitoring legal compliance by licensed fishing operators.