The Big Picture
For many decades, Earth’s Great Whales have needed an organization exclusively dedicated to generating awareness, motivating the public, and steering the public’s involvement towards saving whales.
The Great Whale Conservancy protects the world’s great whales and their habitat and returning global populations to their pre-whaling abundance, with a special focus on the blue whale.
To double blue whale numbers by 2050 by significantly reducing ship strikes with a primary focus on the Southern Oceans where the greatest number of blue whales lived prior to the tragic era of industrialized whaling.
Ship strikes are the greatest lethal threat to blue whales. Our strategy is to significantly reduce deaths due to ship strikes by separating ships from the whales in SPACE and in TIME.
IN SPACE – Move shipping lanes away from high congestion areas. When geographically viable, this is the Best Option. (geographic areas include Sri Lanka, Australia and Chile)
IN TIME – adjusting ship transit times into key ports during critical months of high surface feeding activity. Next Best Option (geographic areas include Port of LA/Long Beach, Puerto Montt, Chile)
Using four key objectives, applied to different geographic regions.
- Science-based decision making: Support and conduct targeted data collection to inform decision makers of solutions.
- Advocacy: Educate, advise, and influence stakeholders who can modify shipping lanes or movements.
- Rewarding progress: Recognize and publicize successes to reward stakeholders and incentivize more progress.
- Energizing the Public: Galvanize public awareness about the value of preserving this keystone species and its vital contribution to a healthy ocean and planet.