March: Sea Shepherd returns to the Gulf of St. Lawrence along with company principals of Kirchhoff Bettwarenfabrik, one year after the sealer riot. Baby harp seal fur is successfully gathered without incident. The company makes plans to hire people to gather enough seal hair for commercial production in 1997. Canada kills 250,000 seals.

July: Sea Shepherd purchases a British-registered, Norwegian-built trawler named the Skandi Ocean. The ship is renamed the Sea Shepherd III and repairs and refit work begin in Edinburgh, Scotland.

December: The British Ministry of Fisheries hires Sea Shepherd crew to guard their patrol boats over the holidays.