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Whales, dolphins and porpoises - conservation, research, education, protection

A Rocha International


A Rocha is a Christian environmental conservation charity with projects around the world, and specifically marine-oriented in Kenya. A Rocha Kenya’s field study centre is on the coast opposite Watamu National Marine Park. The team monitors the health of the park, the coral reef and the important coastal mangrove forests of Mida Creek.



The Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area (ACCOBAMS) is an intergovernmental agreement which is a legal conservation tool based on cooperation, with the purpose to reduce threats to cetaceans notably by improving current knowledge of these remarkable animals.

African Aquatic Conservation Fund

Senegal, USA

The African Aquatic Conservation Fund is dedicated to the preservation of African manatees, turtles, cetaceans, and other aquatic wildlife and their habitats throughout the African continent. This is done via focused research, conservation, and education projects. The Fund works in close partnership with local people, scientists, governments, and other stakeholders for the benefit of both wildlife and humans.

African Marine Mammal Conservation Organization


AMMCO’s mission is to contribute to the protection of the aquatic megafauna and their habitats in Central Africa by improving the scientific knowledge of the area, and involving fishers and other stakeholders into sustainable fisheries and responsible watershed-use. The four strategies they have adopted include applied research and monitoring, integrated management, awareness and capacity building. In practice this involves conservation of the aquatic megafauna b: Protection, Restoration, Good local governance, Community-based conservation, Alternative livelihood and Advocacy. They aim to develop the advanced skills and experience required in aquatic research, achieved by providing internship, mentorship, and workshops to students and fishermen frequently.

American Cetacean Society


American Cetacean Society aims to protect whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats by educating the public about the problems these animals face. It also provides teachers' guides and fact sheets on marine mammals and allows interested parties to join the group's whale watching trips to Baja. The Society also makes research grants available and is involved in conservation actions.



Ark2030 is on a mission 'to restore the 500 million hectares of ecosystems destroyed by mankind since the beginning of the industrial revolution'. A strategic and collaborative approach, working with specialist partners around the world, Ark2030 has developed funding models for environmental restoration programmes. They invest in the companies that are working to restore the natural world. Included in their sights are: Cleaning up the Ganges, restoring the global whale population, targeting plastic pollution in the oceans and on land, improving island eco-systems, developing mangrove plantations, protecting and restoring the Great Barrier Reef and other coral restoration programmes such as Coralive's Maldives project.

Atlantic Whale and Dolphin Foundation

UK, Tenerife

The AWdF, through its operating base in Tenerife, Canary Islands, has been running its conservation and research programme, including its volunteer programme on the whale watching boats for 25 years. Activities revolve around cetacean awareness education, conservation and research initiatives. The AWdF oversees the Atlantic Ocean Cetacean Network (AOCN), and an extensive range of awards and grants aimed at facilitating cetacean programmes in the region. They also work with the tourism industry, promoting cetacean conservation and promoting responsible whale watching and other ecotourism opportunities. AWdF is part of the Fair Earth Foundation family.


Balyena describe themselves as ‘a group of scientists, professionals, artists & more’, who use their ‘skills & experiences for marine mammal conservation in the Philippines’. They promote scientific research and conservation of cetaceans in the area. Recognising the value of local knowledge, and local community involvement, they adapt their conservation methods accordingly. Research, education and conservation are the cornerstones of their activities, which includes studies on known cetacean populations in different regions of the Philippines and investigation of new sites where sightings have been reported.

Bazaruto Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project


Part of the ongoing Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project, whereby the capacity of coastal communities is built to implement sustainable livelihoods and conserve dugongs and seagrass, in this instance in Bazaruto Archipelago Region, Mozambique. This project will last from 2021-2024

Be Whale Wise

USA, Canada

Be Whale Wise is a partnership of governmental agencies such as NOAA, non-profits and other stakeholders in the Salish Sea with the purpose to research, implement and educate best vessel practices to protect the unique and fragile marine resources found in the area. The Salish Sea is part of the Pacific Ocean, and is located in both British Columbia in Canada and Washington State in the USA. Be Whale Wise informs the public on the laws pertaining to marine mammals, as well as provides additional guidelines that will make boating safer for the environment. Violations can be reported directly to them.

Beneath the Waves


Beneath the Waves is a global NGO working on several initiatives, including the establishment of Marine Protected Areas (mainly Caribbean islands), conservation of sharks and the habitats they occupy, deep sea research, and Blue Carbon ecosystems. They work in many locations and oceans, including the Caribbean, the North Atlantic, and the Pacific.

Big Seaweed Search


The Big Seaweed Search first launched in 2009 under the auspices of the Marine Conservation Society and the Natural History Museum in the UK. Hundreds of people have taken part and the data gathered, alongside other research, show that the distribution of seaweeds around the UK is changing. The survey supports research on ‘three key environmental issues: rising sea temperature, the arrival and spread of non-native species of seaweeds, ocean acidification (the sea becoming more acidic because of absorbing carbon dioxide from the air.’ The website provides information about how to become involved in this citizen science project.