PWF Memberships & Affiliations

PWF is a member or advisor for the following agencies through staff listed below:

Jens Currie – Chief Scientist 

Email: [email protected] 

Stephanie Stack – Chief Biologist 

Email: [email protected] 

Robyn Ehrlich – Education Manager 

Email: [email protected] 

Cristina Castro – Ecuador Programs Director 

Email: [email protected] 

RISE UP Blue Call to Action Coalition  

PWF recently became a member of the RISE UP Blue Call to Action, a joint call by civil society, fisherfolk, Indigenous peoples and philanthropic organizations to governments and corporations to join us and agree to bold action to safeguard the ocean. It was created in May 2019 by the Oceano Azul Foundation, Ocean Unite and the Oak Foundation to advance common priorities, objectives, and targets that drive solutions for the ocean crisis and raise the level of ambition for action.   

International Whaling Commission 

The IWC is the global body charged with the conservation of whales and the management of whaling and currently has 88 member governments from countries all over the world. The Commission’s role has expanded since its establishment in 1946.  In addition to regulation of whaling, today’s IWC works to address a wide range of conservation issues including bycatch and entanglement, ocean noise, pollution and debris, collision between whales and ships, and sustainable whale watching. 

CurrieStack & Castro are invited members of the IWC Scientific Committee.  

Castro serves as the Ecuadorian delegate to the IWC.  

US Marine Mammal Commission  

The Marine Mammal Commission provides independent, science-based oversight of domestic and international policies and actions of federal agencies addressing human impacts on marine mammals and their ecosystems. 

PWF advises on anthropogenic impacts to cetaceans, with Currie being the primary contact. 

National Marine Fisheries Service  

NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the stewardship of the nation’s ocean resources and their habitat. They provide vital services for the nation: productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and healthy ecosystems—all backed by sound science and an ecosystem-based approach to management. 

PWF advises on anthropogenic impacts to cetaceans, with Currie being the primary contact.  

Society for Marine Mammalogy  

The mission of the nonprofit, international Society for Marine Mammalogy is to promote the global advancement of marine mammal science and contribute to its relevance and impact in education, conservation and management. 

Currie and Stack are both members.  

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary advisory council   

The role of the council is to provide advice to the sanctuary superintendent on the sanctuary’s operations and to serve as liaisons to constituents in the community. 

Currie serves as the primary research chair.  

Ehrlich serves as the alternate chair for the Education seat.  

NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Large Whale Entanglement Response Network 

Entanglement is a global problem that affects many marine mammals, and can result in starvation or drowning due to restricted movement, physical trauma, and systemic infectionsThe Hawaiian Islands Large Whale Entanglement Response Network (the local branch of NOAA Fisheries’ Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program) aims to safely free some large whales, like humpback whales, from life threatening entanglements and help gather valuable information and increase awareness to reduce future entanglement threats. 

Currie is a first responder.  

Stack is a trained responder.   

Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia 

ORRCA’s primary focus is the rescue, preservation, conservation and welfare of whales, dolphins, seals and dugongs in Australian waters. They have trained responders in New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland. 

Stack is a trained responder.   

Australian Federal Government, Queensland Department of Parks and Wildlife, and the Canadian Federal Government  

PWF advises on anthropogenic impacts to cetaceans, with Stack being the primary contact.   

Australian Citizen Science Association  

ACSA was formed to advance citizen science through the sharing of knowledge, collaboration, capacity building and advocacy. They are a member-based community that supports, informs and develops citizen science. ACSA membership is open to citizen science project managers, volunteers or anyone with an interest in citizen science. 

Stack is a founding member.   

Society for Latin American Marine Mammalogists 

SOLAMAC is a group of researchers with goals that include reinforcing and strengthening the Latin American scientific community dedicated to the study of aquatic mammals and their ecosystems, disseminating scientific knowledge on the aquatic mammals of Latin America, and being a space of reflection of ethical and cultural aspects of research, management and conservation of aquatic mammals and their ecosystems. 

Castro is a member. 

Ecuadorian National Assembly, Ecuadorian Environmental Ministry, Machalilla National Park, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)  

PWF advises on cetacean management issues, with Castro being the primary contact. 

Hawaii Visitor Update

Aloha, We Are Open!  Our PacWhale Eco-Adventures are open for booking as we welcome visitors back to Maui.  Quarantine restrictions were lifted on Oct. 15th for those following the state’s pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements.