Community science is the vital collaboration between researchers and the public to execute scientific projects and collect information for ongoing studies. The goal of these projects is to engage members of the public in scientific data collection to supplement our systematic research studies, while providing educational opportunities and low-cost alternatives for monitoring whales, dolphins, and marine debris. These initiatives build awareness of key issues relating to marine conservation and wildlife protection while inspiring a greater commitment to create positive change.
Our current community projects include the following:
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
2018: Currie, J.J., Stack, S.H. and Kaufman, G.D. Conservation and Education Through Ecotourism: Using Citizen Science to Monitor Cetaceans in the Four-Island Region of Maui, Hawaii. Tourism in Marine Environments 13(2): 65-71.
2012: Tonachella, N., Nastasi, A., Kaufman, G., Maldini, D. and Rankin, R.W. Predicting trends in humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) abundance using citizen science. Pacific Conservation Biology 18: 297-309.
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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.