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Whale And Dolphin Conservation (Australasia)

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Port Adelaide SA, Australia

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About this organisation

Whale and Dolphin Conservation is the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises. We have been defending these remarkable creatures against the many threats they face through campaigns, lobbying, advising governments, conservation projects, field research and rescue for 30 years.

Our story started in 1987 when founder, Kieran Mulvaney realised that there were no organisations dedicated to the protection of whales and dolphins. The Whale Conservation Society was then born, which was soon renamed Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society run by just a few dedicated staff members and volunteers.

By 1989 we had grown significantly. As a pro-active force for the good of whales and dolphins, we carried out our first investigation into the killing of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands, helping to bring the atrocities committed there to the attention of the general public.

By the early 1990s, we were covering even more ground. We conducted research of dolphins, such as river dolphins, which had previously been ignored by the scientific community. This helped to develop a stronger understanding of this species, which in turn helped us to identify what needed to be done to protect them. We built a network of scientists across the world, including those from emerging and developing countries, so that we could understand the specific challenges faced by whales and dolphins.

We are proud to be the first organisation that promoted responsible whale watching as a true economic alternative to whaling and we attend international conventions and commissions to lead on successful global marine conservation. In 1999, we opened an office in Germany, followed by an Australian office in 2003 and an American office in 2005. We also have a team working in Argentina. In Scotland, we operate a visitor centre, the Scottish Dolphin Centre, at the mouth of Spey Bay on the Moray Firth.

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