Category: Conservation | Pacific Whale Foundation

40 Ways to Save the Whales on our 40th Anniversary

Pacific Whale Foundation

Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) was founded by Greg Kaufman 40 years ago with the primary goal of saving humpback whales, which were dangerously close to extinction in 1980. Now, our mission is to protect the ocean through science and advocacy and inspire...

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PWF Adopts Official Sunscreen Policy

Pacific Whale Foundation

Coral reefs are vital for ocean ecosystems, supporting a quarter of all marine species, but there are many increasing threats to the health of the world’s coral, and Hawai‘i’s coral specifically. In 1999, The Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR)...

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Japan Opts Out of the IWC: What Are the Impacts?

Pacific Whale Foundation

Guest post by Elsa Cabrera, executive director of Centro de Conservacion Cetacea, and accredited observer to the IWC since 2001. This was originally posted on and we are re-posting with the author's permission. On 26 December 2018, just between Christmas and...

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RETHINK Recycling

Alicia Wood

The following was submitted by Conservation Coordinator Jenny Roberts: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. We have been taught the same three R’s since elementary school, and after we’ve gone through reducing and reusing our plastic waste, recycling was always there as...

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RETHINK Your Next Event!

Alicia Wood

Creating an event, from large conferences to organizational meetings or even casual parties, can often generate a lot of waste. The inherent nature of an event seemingly calls for single-use, individualized everything, but as many of us are now aware,...

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Introducing the RETHINK Kit!

Alicia Wood

8 million tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean each year, injuring and killing marine animals ranging from the smallest plankton to some the largest animals on the planet. Our RETHINK kit (pictured above) is designed to cover...

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Our thoughts go out to all that are being impacted by COVID-19. With a team dedicated to our response to this pandemic, we are meeting regularly to ensure the continuation of programs and services that allow our mission work to continue.

Pacific Whale Foundation’s leadership team is closely monitoring updates from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19. We will continue to seek guidance from these agencies, public health officials and government agencies on an ongoing basis.

The role that our organization plays in keeping people connected for the sake of the environment is incredibly important in times like these. If we all take the proper precautions and continue to treat each other with kindness and care, we’ll get through this together.

How is PacWhale Eco-Adventures addressing COVID-19?

-Following guidance from Hawaii State and County officials, PacWhale is suspending Eco Tours and our Retail Store operations from March 20th – April 30th. 

- To support our employees, we are offering paid, temporary emergency sick leave, restricting all non-essential business travel, deep cleaning work areas, offering teleworking and flexible work schedules, and continuing to communicate updates and reinforce good hygiene practices.

How is Pacific Whale Foundation addressing COVID-19?

-Spring Break Ocean Camp has been cancelled.

-Keiki Whalewatches are being cancelled for the remainder of the season.

- Our marine research and conservation programs will continue to run without disruption.