Be Whale Aware: Watch Out, Whales About!

Be Whale Aware: Watch Out, Whales About!

Pacific Whale Foundation offers annual Be Whale Aware and Large Whale Entanglement training for the boating and ocean recreation community, Monday December 9, 2013 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Every winter, Pacific Whale Foundation hosts its annual Be Whale Aware and Large Whale Entanglement training for the boating and ocean recreation community.  This year's training is scheduled for the evening of Monday, December 9th 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

The training features Greg Kaufman, Executive Director of Pacific Whale Foundation, who will discuss latest research regarding ship strikes, as well as Pacific Whale Foundation's Be Whale Aware guidelines.  The guidelines were designed to encourage safe and responsible whale watching, and include recommendations for safe vessel speeds, proper approach protocol and whale watching etiquette.  

Ed Lyman, Large Whale Entanglement Response Coordinator with the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA), will follow the Be Whale Aware presentation with a discussion on large whale entanglement response efforts in the Hawaiian islands.  Lyman will help boats and ocean recreation users better understand the issue of entanglement, as well as provide information on how the public can assist NOAA if an entangled whale is encountered.  

These presentations will provide important information that all vessel operators should be aware of as Hawai'i's humpback whale season kicks into full gear.  The training is open to the public, but especially encourages the attendence of the local boating community and whale watching tour operators.

For more information, please contact Pacific Whale Foundation's Conservation Manager, Lauren Campbell, at 808-856-8304 or email conservation@pacificwhale.org

For more information about Pacific Whale Foundation’s “Be Whale Aware” program, or to download your own copy of the “Be Whale Aware” guidelines, visit www.pacificwhale.org/BWA.