January 2017: Sea Shepherd launches the latest vessel in the fleet, the M/V John Paul DeJoria, a Coast Guard Cutter named after longtime Sea Shepherd supporter John Paul DeJoria.
January 2017: Sea Shepherd rescues drowning fisherman in the Sea of Cortez.
February 2017: Rob Stewart who produced the film Sharkwater with Sea Shepherd in 2002 dies in a rebreather accident in the Florida Keys. The Sea Shepherd vessel M/V John Paul DeJoria participates in the search for his body.
February 2017: Sea Shepherd discovers 16 dead totoaba, 14 dead dolphins, 2 dead sharks, and 1 dead whale, all killed by entanglement in gillnets in the Sea of Cortez.
March 2017: Sea Shepherd discovers 66 dead totoaba, and one dead vaquita in the Sea of Cortez.
April 2017: Fishermen in San Felipe hold a demonstration against Sea Shepherd, where they threaten to burn Sea Shepherd vessels. They write the name of Sea Shepherd on a small boat known as a panga, and burn that as part of the demonstration. The Mexican government stands in solidarity with Sea Shepherd.
April 2017: Sea Shepherd joins forces with marine scientists to conduct research on humpback whales and the effect of ocean plastics in the Revillagigedo Archipelago.
May 2017: Libertine Brewing Company partners with Sea Shepherd on 40th Anniversary Beer.
June 2017: Sea Shepherd records first-ever drone footage of a mother and calf pair of Cuvier’s beaked whales.
June 2017: Oscar-winning filmmakers pair with Sea Shepherd on student film contest celebrating World Ocean’s Day.
June 2017: Sea Shepherd hosts its 40th Anniversary Gala in Beverly Hills.
June 2017: Sea Shepherd concludes Operation Milagro III, in which crewmembers removed 233 pieces of illegal fishing gear, and saved the lives of 796 marine animals.
June 2017: While there to defend sharks, a Sea Shepherd vessel the John Paul DeJoria is rammed by an illegal fishing boat in Panama.
July 2017: Sea Shepherd returns to Canada in order to investigate and expose the farmed salmon industry, in collaboration with biologist Alexandra Morton and First Nations tribes.
August 2017: Sea Shepherd discovers wild fish trapped in Canadian salmon farms, along with disease and sea lice.
August 2017: First Nations people occupy the salmon farms with Sea Shepherd support.
September 2017: Sea Shepherd and Alexandra Morton make a break through discovery on how salmon farms impact wild fish.
November 2017: Operation Milagro IV, Sea Shepherd’s campaign to save the vaquita porpoise, launches in the Sea of Cortez with two vessels the John Paul DeJoria and the Farley Mowat.
December 2017: Following the devastation of hurricanes, Sea Shepherd teams up with Michelle Rodriguez and the Taino Warriors to bring supplies to Puerto Rico.
December 2017: Sea Shepherd launches the newest vessel in the fleet, the M/V Sharpie, a Coast Guard Cutter named after its benefactor, Chris Sharp.
December 2017: Sea Shepherd brings its research vessel Martin Sheen to Mexico’s Guadalupe Island to study the elusive Cuvier’s beaked whale.
December 2017: During Operation Milagro IV, a Sea Shepherd drone is gunned down by illegal fishermen as crew surveils the vaquita refuge.