Monday, November 11, 2013

Futurismo at the 2013 World Whale Conference and International Whale Watching Conference

This year, for the second year in a row, Futurismo was present at the International Whale Watch Conference during November 4th and 5th followed by the World Whale Conference on November 6th and 7th. The conferences were held in Gloucester, Massachusetts and were attended by many whale watching tour operators, NGO's and individuals who are working towards sustainable and responsible whale and dolphin watching and the protection of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and the environment in which they live. This year Futurismo has become a member of both the Planet Whale Responsible Whale Watch Partnership

and the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA). Two hot topics under discussion during the World Whale Conference were protecting the critically endangered Maui's dolphins in New Zealand and putting and end to orca captivity, in particular Morgan who is held in Loro Parque in Tenerife, Spain. These areas of concern were prioritised by the global community through a mapping survey during recent months. You still have the chance to have your say by mapping out your areas of concern for whales or dolphins using the FREE ONLINE SURVEY. Every time the public circles an areas they are concerned about, that place gets HOTTER. The hotter the place, the more pressure the WCA will be able to apply to get the protection in that location.  You can follow the WCA's efforts online to stay up to date with what is going on.

World Cetacean Alliance on Facebook
Black fish movie page on Facebook (the new documentary that reveals the truth behind orca captivity)


Photos from the conferences:

Dylan Walker (Co-founder of Planet Whale and Secretariat of the WCA) speaking at the International Whale Watch Conference 

Discussing how we can ensure that the whales always have control during whale watching encounters

World Whale Conference - partners of the WCA constructing a timeline of our relationship with cetaceans over time - learning from our mistakes in the past and looking to the future!

Orca researcher Dr. Ingrid Visser discussing the issue of keeping orcas in captivity

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