The AWCS appreciates the assistance and encouragement we have received for so many years from our members and supporters in our efforts to make the world a safer place for cetaceans.

Now, with the pandemic upon us, please take care of yourselves, your families and your communities.


Better times will return, but for now we must be vigilant, follow the guidance of our health authorities, and stay strong. We wish you well.

There was a time, decades ago, when efforts to protect whales had a single focus – silencing the harpoon cannons of commercial whaling fleets. Despite much success, that menace continues today with Japanese, Icelandic and Norwegian whalers targeting as many as 2,000 fin, sei and minke whales last year. Hundreds more whales have been harpooned during 2019-20.

In addition, since the years of heavy commercial whaling new issues have emerged that threaten the recovery, and in some cases the long-term survival, of whale and dolphin species.

The oceans are being polluted, food chains contaminated, habitats degraded.

The sound generated by shipping, fossil fuel exploration and military sonar are disrupting cetacean feeding and breeding activity, driving them from their preferred socialising and feeding areas and can lead directly to death.

Overfishing is depleting the abundance of cetaceans’ natural prey species, while this and other netting activities are entangling and killing even the most critically endangered whales and dolphins.

Our reluctance to act quickly and effectively to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is leading to increased ocean acidification, rising sea surface temperatures and changes to marine ecosystems.

In the meantime, our growing interest in whales and dolphins and our desire to be close to them is resulting in new forms of exploitation that can interfere with their natural behavior and add to the growing cumulative impacts of human activity.

With this website we hope to create greater understanding of whales and dolphins, awareness about the diversity and scale of the threats faced by them, and to inspire people to take steps, big or small, to lessen our impact on cetaceans and on the environment we share with them.



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