[MARMAM] WCA Ship Strikes Online Training Course

Elizabeth Cuevas elizabeth.cuevas at worldcetaceanalliance.org
Wed Jan 1 09:10:53 PST 2020

Dear colleagues,

I am writing on behalf of the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA). As part of our
efforts to progressively ensure the conservation and protection of whales
and dolphins and their environment, we are currently developing an online
training course to assist the cruise ship industry and other tour operators
to reduce the likelihood of ship strikes and boat disturbance on cetaceans.

The project is called “Becoming ‘Whale Aware’: a training course to
mitigate the impacts of ship strikes and boat disturbance on cetaceans”. With
this course we also aim to raise both industry and general public
awareness, resulting in better informed and better trained crews.

We’ve started developing the presentations and videos for the course, but
we are still lacking photos and (especially) videos that show ship strikes
and their effects. We believe that using these forms of media will have
maximum impact on our learners and make the subject real for them.

We would be grateful to anyone who can help with this project by providing
relevant photos and/or videos. They will be used exclusively on this online
course and will be duly credited.

We are looking for photos and/or video footage of any large whale:

- Next to or near a cruise ship (or a large boat).

- Ship strike incidents.

- Operational maneuvers by a ship avoiding a strike with a whale.

- Injured or dead whales caused by ship strikes.

- Any other photo/video relating to ship strikes.

Please send them to Elizabeth at
elizabeth.cuevas at worldcetaceanalliance.org (large
files could be sent or linked via googledrive, yousendit or dropbox).

We believe that this course will fill essential gaps, improve collaboration
and contribute the global effort to reduce ship strike risk, so any input
from you would be greatly appreciated.

I would be more than happy to answer any questions.

Many thanks in advance for your help and happy New Year to all!



More about the WCA:

The WCA, with headquarters in the UK, represent the world's largest marine
conservation partnership working to protect cetaceans and their habitats.
The WCA currently has over 100 Partners in 38 countries around the world,
including non-profit organisations, commercial tour companies, scientific
institutions and individual members of the public. We are the world's
leading NGO in responsible whale and dolphin watching tourism, working with
companies on the ground, large tour operators, governments and destination
management bodies, amongst others. Through cooperation, the WCA aim to
conserve and protect cetaceans and their habitats.


*Elizabeth Cuevas*
Whale Watching Programme Manager
*World Cetacean Alliance*

Studio 3, Lower Promenade
Madeira Drive, Brighton, BN2 1ET, UK.
t: +44 (0) 1273 355011
e: elizabeth.cuevas at worldcetaceanalliance.org
<sophie.lewis at worldcetaceanalliance.org>


The World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) is a Partnership of over 100 non-profit
organisations, whale and dolphin watching tour operators and individuals in
40 countries worldwide working collaboratively to protect cetaceans and
their habitats. World Cetacean Alliance, the Secretariat to the
Partnership, is a UK registered Charity no. 1160484.

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