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Lamya Essemlali

Sea Shepherd France

President and Co-Founder


Sea Shepherd France is an association governed by the French law of 1901, whose objective is to give international campaigns financial, logistical and human support, but also, and increasingly, to tackle local issues. This is a particularly important challenge in view of the vast French maritime territory, the second largest in the world, covering nearly 11 million square kilometres. The French branch is managed by its co-founder and President, Melle Lamya Essemlali, who is also codirector of Sea Shepherd Global. A Master of Environmental Sciences (Université Pierre et Marie Curie) and specialising in the Conservation of Biodiversity, Lamya Essemlali has participated and/or organised more than ten missions at sea on an international level: Antarctica (whaling), Galápagos Islands (protection of the Unesco-listed marine park), Faroe Islands (greatest slaughter of marine mammals in Europe), Mediterranean (protection of blue-finned tuna, poaching… ), West Africa (largest illegal fishing zone in the world, plundered by foreign fishing fleets). She hosts numerous conferences on the theme of ocean protection, either on her own or along with Captain Paul Watson, for whom she also interprets. Lamya Essemlali is also the author of a book of conversations with Captain Paul Watson « Interview with a Pirate » published by Editions Glénat in which key themes focussing on the involvement of Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd are addressed in the form of discussions.