Posthumous Advisory Board Members

Posthumous Advisory Board Members

Rutger Hauer

The Netherlands’ most famous actor has joined the Sea Shepherd Board of Advisors.

The star of Blade Runner, Ladyhawke, and a score of other major films is cast to play Sea Shepherd’s Chief Engineer in the movie Ocean Warrior.

Rutger Hauer has been a Sea Shepherd supporter for many years. In May 1997, he personally visited Captain Paul Watson while he was being held as a prisoner at Lelystad prison in the Netherlands.

Mr. Hauer joins fellow actors Pierce Brosnan and Martin Sheen on the Sea Shepherd Advisory Board.


Rafe Mair

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The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is honored to welcome distinguished Canadian broadcaster Rafe Mair to our Board of Advisers. Mr. Mair, after a legal and political career, spent 25 years as a broadcaster with CJOR 600, 600AM and principally with CKNW980.

In 1994 after twice being shortlisted, he received the highly coveted Michener Award for courageous journalism.  In 2003, he was awarded the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jack Webster Foundation and is a member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.   He has received numerous environmental awards including the 2012 Eugene Rogers Award from the BC Wilderness Committee for “outspoken determination to protect BC’s environment and wild fish from threats posed by salmon farming, private hydropower and proposed oil pipeline project.”

Mr. Mair was formerly the British Columbia Minister of Health, and before that was B.C.’s most progressive Minister of the Environment. A long-time supporter of Sea Shepherd, in 1981 he interviewed Captain Paul Watson on the air live during a tense Sea Shepherd confrontation with the Soviet Navy off the coast of Siberia.

Retired in Lions Bay, BC, Mr. Mair remains an active writer with 13 books to his credit (one, The Last Cast, on flyfishing), deeply involved in fighting fish farming, pipelines and an LNG plant on Howe Sound, and an enthusiastic supporter of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.


Sam Simon

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Sam Simon is the acclaimed television writer, producer, and director of “Taxi,” “Cheers,” “The Tracey Ullman Show,” “The Drew Carey Show,” and “The Simpsons,” which he co-created. He is the recipient of eleven Emmys and a Peabody award. A longtime member of the National Boards of Save the Children and Peta, Sam is the founder of The Sam Simon Foundation, whose mission is to “save the lives of dogs to enrich the lives of people.” The Foundation’s Assistance Dog Program adopts dogs facing death in shelters and trains them to be certified assistance dogs, which are given free to the deaf and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. The Foundation also has a highly successful Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic, which is Los Angeles’s largest provider of free spay and neuter services to the low income, and, to date, has performed over 40,000 surgeries. Once a week, the clinic also provides low income Los Angeles residents with any other free surgery needed by their pets. In 2011, Sam founded The Sam Simon Foundation: Feeding Families, a mobile vegan food bank that will feed 150 unemployed families a day. The Sam Simon Foundations do not accept donations and are funded entirely by Sam himself. Sam managed World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lamon Brewster, and was named 2004 Manager of the Year by the World Boxing Organization. Sam is a frequent guest on “The Howard Stern Show” and is a champion poker player with many tournament wins and seven cashes at the World Series of Poker.


Dr. Sidney Holt

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Dr Sidney Holt is a British fisheries scientist who became involved with whales and whaling when he was invited by the International Whaling Commission in 1960, with two other independent scientists, to advise on what would be the sustainable catches of blue, fin, humpback and sei whales in the Southern Ocean that would also permit those extremely depleted populations to recover towards their former abundance. The other members of the Committee of Three, or 3 Wide men, as it was called, were Prof. Douglas Chapman, a mathematician at the University of Washington and Dr K Radway Allen. who was then working for the Government of Australia. Chapman and Allen both later served as Chairmen of the IWC’s Scientific Committee; Holt continued to work for, and represent. FAO of the UN, UNESCI/IOC, UNEP and the UN until his retirement in 1979. The IWC had committed itself to an unprecedented act – to adopt the Committee of Three’s advice by 1964. The advice was for such huge reductions in catches that it got fully implemented only a few years later, but by the end of the 1960s the pelafic factory-ship whaling in the Southern Ocean dor all the baleen whale species except the small minke whale had ceased. (Exploitation of the minke by Japan and the USSR did not begin until 1970.)

Sidney was, with Dr Lyell Watson, the principle architect and motor of the successful operation by the Government of the Republic of Seychelles that year to persuade the IWC to declare the Indian Ocean as a whale sanctuary in perpetuity. That was quickly followed by other Seychelles initiatives, declaring a moratorium on the hunting of sperm whles and then, in 1982 a general indefinite moratorium on all commercial whaling, coming into effect in 1986. Sidney’s last scientific/political involvement was working with the Government of France (and with some others, especially Italy and Chile, and much help from Greenpeace, IFAW and WWF) to achieve the declaration of the entire Southern Ocean as a sanctuary for whales, in 1994.

Throughout his ‘retirement’ Sidney continued, until 2011 to attend and be active in IWC affairs. He is now re-engaged in fisheries research and management, while serving as one of SSCS’s advisers.

Why I support SSCS on the whaling issue.

Although I have long had, and continue to have, informal and sometime formal advisory relations with several NGOs that consistently and persistently oppose commercial whaling, I am looking to SSCS for two special reasons:
1. SSCS is not afraid to speak out against cruelty to, and mistreatment of, sentient non-human beings, and
2. SSCS more than any others is clear about the fact that commercial whaling, especially that by Japan in the guise of scientific research, is driven solely by business/financial considerations and is best opposed through disrupting those imperatives, both on the supply and the demand sides.

I am also impressed by the clarity and unambiguity with which Paul Watson expresses his views and defines the SSCS strategy. And I applaud the dedication and bravery of those who crew the SSCS ships. Lastly, I tend always to support those who try to persuade or even force Governments and other “Authorities” to honour the commitments they have made by being party to international agreements. rather than merely by paying lip-service to them.