Whale Watchers Promote Boater Education and Marine Conservation
WHALE WATCHERS PROMOTE BOATER EDUCATION AND MARINE CONSERVATION
January 26, 2004
From January 16th to 25th, 2004, at the Seattle Boat Show, volunteers from the Whale Watch Operators Association North West (WWOANW) operated a booth on the 2nd floor handing out educational materials about whales and wildlife viewing in the Puget Sound. This is one of many venues that members are participating in to bring attention to the local Southern Resident Killer Whales, marine mammals and wildlife:
* To promote Responsible Whale Watching
* To educate recreational boaters
* To encourage kids to get involved in marine science, salmon recovery and whale watching at any and all levels
The Whale Watch Operators Association - North West is the international industry organization representing 32 commercial whale watchers operating in the Pacific North West. One of the Association's major objectives is to assist in the conservation of all marine species in these waters, but particularly to contribute to the conservation of these Southern Resident Killer Whales.
WWOANW works with the SoundWatch Program, The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor, The Center for Whale Research, the Marine Mammal Monitoring Program (M3), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA), Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and others towards conservation and stewardship.
Members of the WWOANW are currently involved in several key initiatives aimed at insuring the long-term welfare of the Southern Resident Killer Whales including Killer Whale Recovery Plans in the U.S. and Canada, School Student Education Programs and the development of strict international Marine Mammal Viewing Regulation.
For more information, visit www.nwwhalewatchers.org