Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware. On May 23rd, 2019, Captain Paul Watson received an official commendation by Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont stating that the "State of Connecticut conveyed both honor and recognition to Captain Paul Watson. [53], Paul Watson continued as a crew member, officer, and skipper (in 1972) aboard several Greenpeace voyages throughout the mid-1970s. [42], In January 2008, Paul Watson was named by The Guardian as one of its "50 people who could save the planet" for the work of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. In April 2010 the Japanese Coast Guard obtained an arrest warrant for Watson "...on suspicion of ordering sabotage activities against Japan's whaling fleet",[75] and Interpol has listed him as wanted at the request of Japan. The charge stemmed from an altercation at sea in 2002 in which Sea Shepherd said that the other vessel was illegally shark finning in Guatemalan waters. [47] Watson says he incorporated his own personal experience in writing the book.[48]. [116] Watson responded to Beck's comments on the official Sea Shepherd website by stating that he had said that but that it was taken out of context, quoting Gerald Seymour's "One man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter. He was the second person after Captain Jacques Cousteau to be honored with a Jules Verne Award dedicated to environmentalists and adventurers. Julia Ann Saunders, age 78 of Wilmington passed away on Thursday, October 8, 2020. Paul Franklin Watson (born December 2, 1950) is a Canadian-American conservation and environmental activist, who founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an anti-poaching and direct action group focused on marine conservation activism. [86] On July 19, 2012, Japan applied for an extradition order[87] and Watson left Germany,[88] resulting in a German court ordering his immediate re-arrest. [76] In March 2012 Interpol issued a "written statement to all 190 member countries making it clear that it would not publish a Red Notice" for the detention of Watson,[77] but reversed that position in September 2012. [16], Watson has one daughter Lilliolani (born 1980) with his first wife, Starlet Lum,[17] who was a founding director of Greenpeace Quebec,[18] Earthforce!, Project Wolf, and Sea Shepherd. His second wife, Lisa Distefano, a former Playboy model, was Sea Shepherd's Director of Operations during the Makah anti-whaling campaigns in Friday Harbor.