About Pacific Whale Foundation
Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) raises funds for these efforts through ocean eco-adventure cruises, which also allow us to educate thousands of people each year about the ocean environment and model sustainable wildlife watching practices. Since 1980, nearly 4 million people have taken part in Pacific Whale Foundation’s whale-watches and ocean eco-tours, and have learned about the marine environment and conservation issues.
PWF’s vision is to be the people’s environmental organization for research, advocacy and protection of the world’s whales, dolphins and their ocean habitat. We believe that it is essential to involve the public in our mission. We encourage you to participate in this “citizen science” whale fluke identification project to share your thoughts and ideas, and to become a part of our community of people who care about the future of our planet's oceans.
About Centre for Whale Research
Whales are the largest creatures on the planet, yet, like so many other fish, birds, and seals, they depend on tiny animals at the bottom of the oceans’ food chain to survive – krill. Krill, in turn, are the most plentiful protein source on the planet, and their abundance is tied to ocean health at a primary level – a system that in fact echoes global ecosystem stability. In other words, an ocean full of krill is a biologically stable ocean, and that means our world is coping with natural and human initiated climate changes. The question is, how do we monitor this vital system?
Our goal at Centre for Whale Research (CWR) is to understand the health of our oceans by monitoring and protecting the population health of the largest animals on the planet – the great whales. Conserving their critical habitats ensures that the ocean, and indeed the planet, remains in good health.
CWR began with a humpback whale population measuring program using photo-identification techniques in the Dampier Archipelago in 1990, guided government in the establishment of a new marine park for their calving grounds discovered as part of this process, and then expanded our work to include blue whales in 1999. A marine park for a critical feeding ground for pygmy blue whales is now on the table.
Based on RV Whale Song, CWR’s scientists conduct research all around Australia and into the Southern Ocean.
About Australian Marine Mammal Centre
The Australian Marine Mammal Centre (AMMC) of the Department of the Environment was established as the first national research centre focused on understanding, protecting and conserving the whales, dolphins, seals and dugongs in Australia.
The Centre coordinates Australia’s marine mammal research expertise in order to provide scientific research and advice to underpin Australia’s marine mammal conservation and policy initiatives. The AMMC functions to:
- provide advice and support to Government on marine mammal matters, including interactions between seismic surveys and whales, fisheries and marine mammals and dugong hunting
- provide research and conservation initiatives for the International Whaling Commission, including representation at the Scientific Committee and, when necessary, other meetings and conventions
- manage a marine mammal grants scheme for strategic and prioritized marine mammal research
- run workshops and conferences to advance the Government's priorities in marine mammal conservation
- manage and maintain a series of centralized marine mammal databases and applications to support the management of human and marine mammal interactions.