About Us

Manue taking picture of whalePacific Whale Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1980 to save whales from extinction. Our mission is to protect our oceans through science and advocacy. We are an international organization, with ongoing research studies in Hawaii, Australia, and Ecuador, and are active participants in global efforts to address threats to whales and other marine life. 

A pioneer in non-invasive whale research, Pacific Whale Foundation was an early leader in educating the public, from a scientific perspective, about whales and the need for ocean conservation.

Now celebrating over 35 years as an nonprofit organization, Pacific Whale Foundation conducts humpback whale research in Hawaii, Ecuador and Australia as well as studies of odontocetes (dolphins and toothed whales) in Hawaii. Our work has been published in scientific, peer-reviewed journals, as well as in books, reports and informational materials for the public. Pacific Whale Foundation also support studies of blue whales in Chile. View a complete list of our publications.

Pacific Whale Foundation's education efforts include programs for Maui schoolchildren, from preschool through high school, as well as for children in coastal villages of Ecuador. Our Maui-based education programs, like Ocean Camp, take place in our Discovery Center classrooms, at sea and on shoreline field trips. We focus on inquiry-based learning, and work to cultivate a lifelong appreciation of science and the need for conservation.

Ocean Camp kids see dolphinsOcean Camp kids approach molokini crater

                                           Our education programs also include professional development training for marine naturalists and others in the marine tourism industry. We also offer free talks, slideshows and other educational programs to the public and produce free educational guides and publications about the ocean environment.

Pacific Whale Foundation's conservation team is responsible for advocating conservation-minded choices in the community and among those who join us on our ocean ecotours.

As part of our effort to fight whaling worldwide, Pacific Whale Foundation is a member of the International Whaling Commission's Scientific Committee and has been an invited guest speaker at conferences and training programs worldwide that advocate responsible and sustainable whale and dolphin watching. Our conservation programs include preventing marine debris through beach clean-ups and our monofilament line collection program, participation in the Seafood Watch Program offered by Monterey Bay Aquarium, our Be Whale Aware education program to prevent vessel-whale collisions and providing testimony by our researchers and biologists on behalf of the marine environment.

Today, Pacific Whale Foundation has approximately 150 employees, including researchers, marine educators and conservation advocates.

Since 1980, Pacific Whale Foundation has pioneered educational wildlife watching and eco-tourism in Hawaii through award-winning ocean eco-adventures. More than 3.5 million people from around the world have learned about ocean wildlife and marine conservation through these tours. Worldwide, our tours serve as a model for sustainable ecotourism practices.



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