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PWF invites you to join us for our 'MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY' Online Auction to NAME PWF’S NEW AUSTRALIA RESEARCH VESSEL. The auction will start at 12:00am HST on Friday, March 4th and will end at 12:00am HST on Monday, March 21st

Pacific Whale Foundation is excited to announce a new member to our research team. We have purchased a gently used 6-meter rigid inflatable boat (RHIB) to act as our dedicated research vessel in East Australia, where PWF has been conducting research on humpback whales since 1984. This vessel will allow our Australia research team to conduct systematic research surveys in Hervey Bay, Queensland using innovative technology to better understand the health and status of East Australia's humpback whales as they face numerous emerging threats. We will also be implementing the first ever study on Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins that reside in the Great Sandy Marine Park! 

With the addition of this new vessel and with YOUR help in naming it, PWF can continue its essential research to protect whales and dolphins throughout the Pacific.



Humpback whales are migratory mammals found all over the world. The East Australia population of humpback whales feed in the icy waters near Antarctica during the Southern Hemisphere winter and migrate to the warmer tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef in the summer to breed, give birth, and care for their young.

While a moratorium on commercial whaling led to the recovery of the species, humpback whales face numerous threats, the greatest being vessel traffic, ocean pollution, fisheries interactions, tourism pressure and climate change. Our continued research is vital to inform better management practices to protect this population. By placing your bid to name this Australian research vessel, we are making a difference together for the health of the ocean and marine wildlife.  

With a mission to protect the ocean through science and advocacy, and to inspire environmental stewardship, Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) conducts Research, Education and Conservation programs for the communities in which it serves. Founded by Greg Kaufman in 1980 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the world’s whales from extinction, PWF has now grown into a social enterprise that offers fee-based programs and services through PacWhale Eco-Adventures to help fund its nonprofit work. Combined with memberships, donations, charitable grants and a remarkable group of dedicated volunteers, PWF now reaches more than 400,000 individuals each year through its Maui and Australia offices and research projects in Ecuador and Chile.

Our vision is to be the people’s environmental organization for the protection of the world’s whales, dolphins and other marine animals living wild in their natural habitat. We believe that it is essential to involve the public in our mission. We encourage you to become a part of our global community of people who care about the future of our oceans and marine wildlife.


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