[MARMAM] World Whale Conference 2019 Full Agenda

Dylan Walker dylan at worldcetaceanalliance.org
Tue Aug 6 04:52:23 PDT 2019

Dear Marmamers,

We are excited to announce that the full program for this October's World
Whale Conference has now been published. It is summarized below.

For the full program in detail please click here:


*World Whale Conference*

*8th – 11th October 2019*

*The Beach House Hotel, 344 The Esplanade, Scarness, Hervey Bay, QLD 4655,

*Conference Agenda*

The theme for this year's conference is* ‘Journeys that Inspire Change’*

With 2020 just around the corner, the World Whale Conference will set out a
*10-year* *manifesto* declaring our intentions, motives, and strategy to
protect cetaceans and their habitats from 2020-2030. As the largest
gathering of whale watching tourism experts, NGOs, scientists, artists, and
individuals with a passion for all things cetacean, the World Whale
Conference is the perfect place to plan for a brighter future! The
conference will breathe life into the manifesto, and give us the hope and
direction we need to continue on journeys that inspire change!



Opportunity to head out whale watching with the Hervey Bay fleet!

*Late Afternoon*



*TUESDAY 8 October - WWC Day 1*

*Journeys That Inspire Change*


*8:30 – 9:00* Registration - Tea / Coffee on arrival

*9:00 – 9:30* Launch conference. Official Butchulla Welcome to Country

*9:30 – 10:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: *TBA

*10:00 – 10:45 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: *Thirty years with the Humpback whales of
Hervey Bay: an inspirational journey

Drs Trish Franklin and Wally Franklin.

The Oceania Project, Australia; Southern Cross University, Australia

*10:45 – 11:15 *Morning Tea/Coffee Break


*11:15 – 11:30 *Encounters with Ocean Megafauna

Clint Hempsall. Professional cinematographer, Australia

*11:30 – 11:45 *Diving deeper into our relationship with whales and their
Ocean home

Glenn Edney. Te Wairua O Te Moananui-Ocean Spirit Charitable Trust, New

*11:45 – 12:00 *"Tails of Stellwagen - Art as Language for Communicating

Richard W Dolan, Boston Harbor Cruises. New England Aquarium, USA

*12:00 – 12:15 *Take 3 for the Whales

Roberta Dixon-Valk. Take 3 for the Whales, Australia

*12:15 – 12:30 *Whale watching and Akrasia – an uneasy relationship?

Michael Lück1 and David A. Fennell2

1 Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand; 2 Brock
University, St Catharines, Canada

*12:30 – 12:45 *Connecting cetaceans with people living far from the sea

Ursula Tscherter. Marine biologist and educator, Switzerland

*12:45 – 13:00 *The humpback whale, Madagascar's new emblematic species

Anjara Saloma, Marine Charton, François-Xavier Mayer, Didier Cabocel,
François Mailhé, Paolo Lamano, Dina Andrianaivoravelona, Henry Bellon.
Cetamada, Madagascar

*13:00 – 14:00* Lunch

*14:00 – 14:15 *The Transformational Power of Swimming with Whales

Mette Lubczyk. Senior Swim-with Guide, Tonga

*14:15 - 14:30 *What’s in the message? Unpacking message delivery in
Australian whale watching tours.

Dr Liz Hawkins & Dr Kay Dimmock.

Dolphin Research Australia & Southern Cross University, Australia

*14:30 – 15:30 *Workshop: How do we encourage people to act to protect
cetaceans and our oceans?

Led by Suzanne Rogers, Jo White and Matthew Payne.

Human Behaviour Change For Animals, UK

*15:30 – 16:00: *Coffee break


*16:00 – 16:15 *A current affair: associations between the East Australian
Current and humpback whale entanglement in Queensland shark-control nets

Jessica A. Bolin; David S. Schoeman, Carme Piza-Roca, Kylie L. Scales.

Global-Change Ecology Research Group, University of the Sunshine Coast,

*16:15 – 16:30 *East Australian humpback whales calving on the northern
migration:  evidence from the Gold Coast Bay, Queensland, Australia

Torre-Williams, L1,2, Reinke, J. 2,3, Meynecke, J.O. 2,3, Martinez, E.1,4

1Coastal-Marine Research Group, School of Natural and Computational
Sciences, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand;

2Griffith Centre for Coastal Management, Griffith University, Queensland,

3 Humpbacks and High-rises, Queensland, Australia; 4 Applied and
Environmental Sciences Department, NorthTec, Whangārei 0148, New Zealand

*16:30 – 16:45 *Investigating migration patterns of the humpback whale
population D and E1 using citizen science.

Jan-Olaf Meynecke, Sarah McCulloch.

Humpbacks & High-rises, Griffith Centre for Coastal Management, Griffith
University, Queensland, Australia

*16:45 – 17:00 *Monitoring a threatened beluga whale population using
photographic identification

Kasey Ryan (Presenter) 1, S. Ferguson1,2, M. Marcoux1,2, W.R. Koski3, B.
Young2, and C. Watt1,2

1University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB, Canada; 2Fisheries and Oceans Canada,
Winnipeg MB, Canada; 3LGL Limited, King City ON, Canada

*17:00 – 17:15 *A cost-effective approach for photogrammetry of
free-roaming whales

Emily A. Gregory, Vikki Schaffer, Javier X. Leon, Carmen Piza-Roca, Kylie
L. Scales.

University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

*17:15 – 17:30 *Tired eyes no more: Automated image recognition of humpback
whale fluke identification surpasses human manual matching.

Ted Cheeseman, Ken Southerland, Jinmo Park, & Phillip Clapham.

Southern Cross University, Australia; Happywhale; ESTsoft; NOAA, USA


*Towards responsible tourism for whales and dolphins*


*8:30 – 9:00* Doors open, Tea / Coffee on arrival

*9:00 – 9:15 *Welcome and introductions

*9:15 – 10:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: *The whale watching journey. What have we
learned over 50 years of growth?

Professor Mark Orams.

Sustainability Research Centre, USC Business School, University of the
Sunshine Coast, Australia; School of Sport and Recreation, Auckland
University of Technology, New Zealand


*10:00 – 10:45* Short talks

*10:00 – 10:15 *A review of commercial swim tours with Humpback whales in

Raquel Trejo , Brendan P. Kelaher, Anna Scott , Jan-Olaf Meynecke, & Matt

National Marine Science Centre and Marine Ecology Research Centre, Southern
Cross University, Australia; Griffith Centre for Coastal Management,
Griffith University, Queensland, Australia; CSIRO Land and Water,c/- ATSIP
Building, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia

*10:15 – 10:30 *What do we know about whales in Hervey Bay and how we can
protect them?

Stephanie Stack. Pacific Whale Foundation, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia

*10:30 – 10:45 *Swim-with-humpback whales in Vava’u, Kingdom of Tonga:
Behavioural responses of mothers and calves to swimmer approaches

Lorenzo Fiori, Emmanuelle Martinez, Mark B. Orams, Barbara Bollard.

Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

*10:45 – 11:15 *Coffee break

*11:15 – 11:30 *Risky business: Demographics of highly interactive dwarf
minke whales during swim-with encounters

Suzanne Hillcoat, Dr Alastair Birtles, Dr Naomi Gardiner, Dr Matt Curnock.

James Cook University; CSIRO, Australia

*11:30 – 11:45 *“A match made in heaven? Swim-with-cetaceans programs and
citizen science provide exceptionally rich opportunities for research”

Alastair Birtles, Suzanne Hillcoat, Emily Daley, Claire Barr & Martha

James Cook University, Australia

*11:45 – 12:00 *Exploring the influence of social media on swim-with-whale
tourist behaviour: A case study of swim-with humpback whales tourism in Niue

Chantal D. Pagel1, Mark Orams1,2, Michael Lück1.

1Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand; 2University of the
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia


*12:00 – 12:15 *Towards a sustainable whale watching in Reunion island in
the South West Indian Ocean: assessing and mitigating humpback whale
(Megaptera novaeangliae) tourism disturbance

Ludovic Hoarau, Dalleau Mayeul, Delaspre Sylvain, Landes Anne-Emmanuelle.

CEDTM (Centre d'Etude et de Découverte des Tortues Marines), Réunion Island

*12:15 – 12:30 *Whale watching tourism promoting the development of coastal
communities and local professionals in Brazil

Sergio Cipolotti. Humpback Whale Institute, Brazil

*12:30 – 12:45 *When visiting whales in Juneau, Alaska – Are there enough
to go around?

Suzie Teerlink. NOAA Fisheries, USA

*13:00 – 14:00 *Lunch

*14:00 – 14:30 Keynote address: *Doing Well by Doing Good: The Importance
of Social Enterprise Models in Sustainable Whale Watching

Paul Forestell, Ph.D. Pacific Whale Foundation, Hawaii, USA

*14:30 – 14:45 *New Zealand’s Marine Mammals Protection Regulations (MMPR):
Why are different user groups violating them?

Yasmine M. Elmahdy, Mark B. Orams, Michael Lück.

School of Sport and Recreation, Auckland University of Technology,
Auckland, New Zealand; USC Business School and Sustainability Research
Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia; School of Hospitality
and Tourism, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

*14:45 – 15:00 *The legal frameworks of whale watching activities in the
Indian Ocean: evaluating the most effective tools to mitigate
whale-watching abuse for the “whale route” project

Stéphanie Sorby. University of Réunion Island, IRD

*15:00 – 15:15* The dolphin captivity problem and possible solutions

Nick Stewart. Global Head of Wildlife – Dolphins, World Animal Protection,

*15:15 – 15:45 *Expert Panel Q&A. What does the future for whale and
dolphin tourism look like?

*15:45 – 16:15 *Coffee break

*16:15 – 17:30 *IDEAS EXCHANGE SESSION! How responsible whale watching can
save Planet Earth!

*17:30 – 18:30* World Cetacean Alliance Partner meeting / AGM

*THURSDAY 10 October WWC DAY 3:*

The Power of Local Communities to Protect Whales and Dolphins

On site and across Hervey Bay all day


MORNING WHALE WATCH - Official Conference Event.

*08:00 – 12:00* *Responsible whale watching tour *

Take a trip out to see the whales and learn more about responsible whale
watching practices.


*14:00 – 17:00* *The Hervey Bay story*

Hear the Hervey Bay story from the local people across Hervey Bay.

*Unveiling the Whale Sculpture*

The art piece, to be constructed of sustainable bamboo, will represent a
humpback whale and calf, signifying the importance of Hervey Bay’s annual
“whale nursery” in the calm waters between K’gari Fraser Island and the


*19:30 – 22:00 *An Evening with Whale People

*19:30 – 20:00. *Video presentations

*19:30 – 19:45 *Educating kids about oceans in their habitat

Aeon Bashir, Menaka Nagarajan. Aeon for Ocean, Minnesota, USA

*19:45 – 20:00 *Effects of the interaction with charismatic species on
people's environmental awareness in Baja California Sur, Mexico

María Laura Marcías, Christian Salvadeo, Lizbeth Salgado-Beltran.

Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Baja California

*20:00 – 22:00* Whale People – a collection of art and stories about two
communities separated by a watery divide!

*FRIDAY 11 October WHS DAY 1:*

Whale Conservation and Heritage Awards


Whale Heritage Sites Summit

*Morning session:*

*8:30 – 9:00* Doors open, Tea / Coffee on arrival

*9:00 – 9:30* Keynote address: Glen Miller

*9:30 – 10:45* *Whale Heritage Sites*

Celebrating achievements across our network of Whale Heritage Sites and
announcing newly certified sites.

*10:45 – 11.15* Morning Tea/Coffee break

*11:15 – 13:00* *Celebrating cetaceans*

How to create small and big events that will inspire the next generation of
ocean advocates and meet a key criterion for Whale Heritage Site

*13:00 – 14:00* Lunch

*Afternoon *

*14:00 – 16:00* Whale Conservation Awards

*16:00 – 16:30* Afternoon Tea/Coffee

*16:30 – 17:00* Launch: Manifesto for Whales and Dolphins – WCA plan for
the next 10 years!

*17:00 – 17:30* Executive summary and close


*19:00* Dinner at The Hervey Bay Boat Club (raffle / auction / fancy dress
/ fun!) (details to be announced soon).

*SATURDAY 12 October*

Stranding Response Workshop: ORRCA (Organisation for the Rescue and
Research of Cetaceans in Australia) led Stranding Response Theoretical and
Practical Training (To Be Confirmed)

*Morning Session:* Stranding Response theory session

Preparing for a rescue incident

Venue: University Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast Campus (TBC)

*Afternoon Training:* Put our community training to the test on the beach
(main beach near the pier, TBC)

*Presentation of certificates to all attendees*

*Dylan Walker *Chief Executive Officer

*World Cetacean Alliance*
Studio 3, Lower Promenade
Madeira Drive, Brighton, BN2 1ET, UK.
t: +44 (0) 1273 355011
c: +44 (0) 7900 471490
e: dylan at worldcetaceanalliance.org <sophie.lewis at worldcetaceanalliance.org>

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