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The Protect Pacific Whales-Ocean voyagers campaign has been endorsed by all SPREP Member countries and territories.
We would like to thank all our partners who contributed to this webpage and will contribute to the success of this campaign in the next two years.


PEW logoGlobal Ocean Legacy (GOL) is a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts, an independent non-profit organization. GOL and its partners collaborate to identify the planet’s remaining healthy marine ecosystems and to advocate for their protection within large and highly protected marine reserves. In the South Pacific, GOL teams are involved in the ocean territories of Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom (Pitcairn), French Polynesia, Palau, and Chile (Rapa Nui/ Easter island). In partnership with scientists, local communities, governments, and the private sector, GOL works for the sustainable protection of our ocean for future generations.
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Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world, and has been active in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands for over 30 years. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats.

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IWCThe International Whaling Commission is an Inter-governmental Organization whose purpose is the conservation of whales and the management of whaling.  The legal framework of the IWC is the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling.  This Convention was established in 1946, making it one of the first pieces of international environmental legislation.  All member countries of the IWC are signatories to this Convention.  The IWC has a current membership of 88 Governments from countries all over the world.  The IWC work programme is diverse and continuously evolving.  As well as ongoing work to understand the size, structure and health of many different whale populations, it includes the development of a Global Entanglement Response Network, initiatives on chemical pollution, marine debris, climate change and ship strikes.
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Logo IRD cyan 250pixiThe IRD (Institut de recherche pour le développement) is a French research organisation, original and unique on the European development research scene. Emphasizing interdisciplinarity, the IRD has focused its research for over 65 years on the relationship between man and its environment, in Africa, Mediterranean, Latin America, Asia and the French tropical overseas territories. Its research, training and innovation activities are intended to contribute to the social, economic and cultural development of southern countries.
The IRD Noumea Centre is the largest in French tropical overseas territories. Research particularly targets the topics related to insularity in the framework of global changes: Environment and Resources ; Societies and territories ; Health and Environment.
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Mata Tohora

Mata Tohora is a French Polynesian association based in Tahiti and contributing to the protection of marine mammals. Mandated by the Ministry of Environnment, Mata Tohora studies marine mammals and raise awareness through research and communication programs.
Its program "C'est Assez" (Enough) raises ocean's users awareness of the appropriate approach technics to cetaceans, regulated by the French Polynesia's Environment Code.
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Moana Pasifika Voyage horizThe Pacific Ocean is our ocean and it is home to the world’s most diverse populations in terms of cultures and languages and significant marine and terrestrial biodiversity, but it is under threat from overharvesting, pollution and plastic, destruction of habitats including coral reefs and climate change.
 To raise the world’s attention to the urgent need for concerted action to safeguard the future of the Pacific Ocean, four traditional Pacific island voyaging canoes are preparing to set sail from Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Cook Islands and Tahiti for a 7,000km journey across the Pacific to Hawai’i in time for the first ever Pacific Ocean Summit, taking place at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress from 1 to 10 September.  The Moana Pasifika crews are calling on over 100 world leaders gathering at the Summit to kickstart global efforts to realising a sustainable future for our oceans and the millions of people who depend on them.
Join us on an epic voyage through the Pacific as we sail for the future of Our Home - Te Moana Pasifika - The Pacific Ocean.
For more information, visit our website and contact us at [email protected]

NOAA Fisheries Logo 1The Pacific Islands Regional Office of the National Marine Fisheries Service is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Pacific Islands Regional Office manages programs that support both domestic and international conservation and management of living marine resources within the Pacific. The Pacific Islands Region is comprised of American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, the Northern Mariana Islands, and other U.S. Pacific islands.
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Logo NC TourismNew Caledonia Tourism Point Sud is an institution bringing together public and private stakeholders promoting tourism in New Caledonia, internationally and locally in the Southern Province.
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NIUE LogoNiue Tourism Office 
Fakaalofa lahi atu.
Niue is a Pacific Island paradise like no other, one of the smallest countries, and one of the largest raised coral atolls on earth.
Niue is a place where it’s normal for complete strangers to wave at each other, all the time. It’s a place where nature hasn’t been broken… and things are 'the way they used to be’. Come and enjoy our beautiful little island where the endangered South Pacific Humpback whales are protected in our waters.
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OpeCetacesOpérations Cétacés aims at promoting better awareness of New Caledonia marine mammals by organising conferences, carrying out scientific studies, publishing books, factsheets and videos, and participating in the development of ecotourism based on marine mammals.
Our actions focus on the acquisition of knowledge on marine mammals through inventories of surrounding waters' diversity and specific studies on some species. Developing educational materials such as puzzles, posters and books enable us to raise awareness to a wide audience. The organisation also participates in the implementation of management measures such as marine mammals' legislation in New Caledonia, North Province and Southern Province, humpback whale watching charter, and writing international agreements on cetaceans and dugong conservation (CMS).
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PIRT logo 3The Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT) is a coalition of nature conservation and development organisations, governments, inter-governments, donor agencies and community groups created to increase effective conservation action in the Pacific Islands Region. It was established in 1998 at the request of Pacific island countries and territories which was voiced at the 6th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in 1997. The forum enables those organisations working on nature conservation in the Pacific to improve their collaboration and coordination towards effective conservation action. It is the key coordination mechanism for the implementation of the new Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific Islands region 2014-2020 which was adopted at the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas and was subsequently endorsed at the 25th Annual SPREP Meeting in September 2014.
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Te Mana englishTe mana o te moana is a non-governmental organization founded on September 23rd, 2004. Through its research, conservation, communication and educational activities, the foundation strives to protect the marine environment of French Polynesia and to extend to the all world. Te mana o te moana is state-approved NGO of General interest and officially recognized by the environmental code. Te mana o te moana is also a member of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), membership type B (c) - National non-governmental organizations (number NG/25093). The foundation is also affiliated to the World Ocean Network and the Cluster Maritim entity. The foundation objective is to preserve our marine environment for the next generations through three domains of actions that are Conservation, Education and Research.
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SVSThe Aiga Folau o Samoa or Samoa Voyaging Society (SVS) was established in 2009 when we received our vaa "Gaualofa" from the Okeanos Foundation. Gaualofa is a 22 metre long double hulled voyaging canoe built in the traditional shape but out of modern materials. Gaualofa sleeps 16 crew and is designed and provisioned to sail across the oceans. Our main goals are to promote the revival of Samoan cultural traditions related to ocean sailing and navigation and the wise stewardship of the Pacific. Gaualofa has already sailed more than 40,000 nautical miles, a distance further than a circumnavigation of the globe!
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The Environment Service of New Caledonia’s Southern Province is in charge of developing and implementing environmental policies. It promotes biodiversity conservation; marine and terrestrial ecosystem management. It prevents risks and reduces pollution; updates environment regulations and raises awareness on environment and its protection. 
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South Pacific Whale Research consortiu
The South Pacific Whale Research Consortium (SPWRC) was formed by independent scientists to coordinate and facilitate non-lethal research on large whales in the South Pacific. Although humpback whales are the focus of much of the work, data are collected on all whales and the consortium serves to promote a better understanding of the biology and behaviour of all cetaceans, including the many species of dolphins found in this vast region. Documentation of the basic cetacean biodiversity of Oceania is a primary goal of the consortium. The principal field sites currently studied by the consortium and its members include French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Tonga, New Caledonia, Fiji, Vanuatu, Niue, American Samoa, Samoa, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, and eastern Australia, as well as the Antarctic feeding grounds. Collaborations include researchers along the coast of South America (Colombia and Chile) and in western Australia.

VEPAThe Vava'u Environmental Protection Association (VEPA) is a Vava'u based NGO actively engaged in the conservation of Vava'u's natural resources. VEPA was incorporated as a national society in The Kingdom of Tonga in January of 2010 and is governed by a local board.
VEPA's programs are run in accordance with our Strategic Action Plan 2012- 2017 with an annual activities plan co-ordinating projects under our three defined areas of work which include Biodiversity and Conservation, Resource Development and Education and Awareness. Our projects span all areas of the environment including the conservation and rehabilitation of marine and terrestrial species and ecosystems, Climate Change Adaptation and Waste Management with a large focus on ecosystem based adaptation through community conservation projects, awareness and school programs.
VEPA also hosts the Marine Mammal Stranding and Entanglement Response Team after receiving training through SPREP, NOAA and IWC in 2014.
VEPA works closely with the Government of The Kingdom of Tonga and partners with other Pacific Island organisations.
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WDCWDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation is the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins. We defend these remarkable creatures against the many threats they face through campaigns, lobbying, advising governments, conservation projects, field research and rescue. Our vision is a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.
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The World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) is a unique global partnership of whale and dolphin watching operators, NGOs, and individuals representing scientists, artists and others, who are working together to protect cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises). Through and with our over 70 Partners in 23 countries worldwide, the WCA cooperates and collaborates to conserve and protect cetaceans and their habitats in the world's oceans, seas and rivers. The WCA's four priority areas include promoting responsible whale and dolphin watching, addressing ghost nets and entanglements, preventing extinctions, and stopping cetacean captivity. The WCA established Whale Heritage Sites, an innovative initiative aimed at increasing the protection and conservation of cetaceans and their habitats while contributing to sustainable livelihoods, sustainable tourism, the arts, science and education. Whale Heritage Site status will be granted to places around the world where cetaceans are celebrated and considered through art, education, research and cultural events; where sustainable practices and livelihoods are continually improved to ensure the health of cetacean habitats and long-term economic health of the community; and where respectful interactions between humans and cetaceans are supported through law, policy and cooperative efforts.
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WWFWWF Pacific is a global conservation organisation that has been working in the South Pacific since 1995 to protect the region's exceptionally rich marine biodiversity. With offices in Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, WWF-Pacific is working to empower and build resilient Pacific Island communities. WWF-Pacific's long-term goal is for there to be supportive legislation and policies that protect the customary cultural and heritage rights of Pacific islands people, ensure the environment is managed in a sustainable manner, and promote the socio-economic development of the South Pacific's island communities.
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