Cetacean Society International
West Hartford, CT 06133, USA
Marine conservation awareness and education, Advocacy, Whales, Cetaceans, Conservation volunteering
CSI is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization involved in the conservation, education and research of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and their marine environment. Originally the Connecticut Cetacean Society (1974), CCS became Cetacean Society International and is a global leader in cetacean advocacy, with contacts in over 20 countries today. In 2013, CSI became the first US Founding Partner of the World Cetacean Alliance. Their stated purpose includes the following: Oppose rogue whaling and any attempts to overturn the ban on commercial whaling; Promote whale watching as an economic alternative to whaling in developing nations; Represent cetaceans as an NGO at the IWC (International Whaling Commission) and CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), and assists regional workshops and meetings, amongst many other initiatives all with the common aim of increasing awareness of the plight of whales, dolphins and porpoises, and to ensure their protection.