<div dir="ltr"><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;background-image:initial;background-size:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;background-position:initial;background-repeat:initial"><span style="font-size:9pt;font-family:verdana,sans-serif">Dear MARMAM community,<span></span></span></p>

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;background-image:initial;background-size:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;background-position:initial;background-repeat:initial"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:9pt;font-family:verdana,sans-serif">On behalf of my co-founders I am pleased to announce the launch of “Orca
Guardians Iceland”, the first Icelandic conservation organization of its kind,
dedicated to a single cetacean species, the killer whale (<i>Orcinus orca</i>). Orca Guardians is an independent nonprofit seeking
to protect orcas in Iceland and their habitat through non-invasive research and
education.<span></span></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;background-image:initial;background-size:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;background-position:initial;background-repeat:initial"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:9pt;font-family:verdana,sans-serif">Interdisciplinary research from a variety of fields (such as marine
biology, marine conservation, zoology, fisheries, animal psychology,
environmental psychology, tourism, international and European law) brings
together international, national and local experts united in the effort of
protecting Icelandic orcas. We strongly believe that conservation measures need
to be implemented not only once a population is listed as “threatened” or
“endangered”, but in a way to prevent dangers to the animals in the first
place. <span></span></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt;background-image:initial;background-size:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;background-position:initial;background-repeat:initial"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:9pt;font-family:verdana,sans-serif">We use the precautionary approach, showing how much we can learn about
orcas in Icelandic waters and their environment by solely engaging in
non-invasive research. This includes the only orca ID project running
all-year-round in Iceland and on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula (since 2014), which
is based on land sightings and boat encounters, following a strict code of
conduct for approach without disturbance. We value killer whales as individuals
with unique character traits, and promote respectful and mindful encounters
with them.<span></span></span></p>

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">You can
find further information at:<span></span></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><a href="http://www.orcaguardians.org">www.orcaguardians.org</a><br>
<a href="http://www.facebook.com/orcaguardians">www.facebook.com/orcaguardians</a><span></span></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Or get in
touch via e-mail: <a href="mailto:info@orcaguardians.org">info@orcaguardians.org</a>
<span></span></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><br></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Best
regards<br>
Marie Mrusczok<br>
Founder and President, Orca Guardians Iceland<span></span></span></p></div>