The Whaleman Foundation is a public IRS 501 (c) (3) non-profit research, education, conservation, and wildlife film production organization dedicated to preserving and protecting our ocean world. Whaleman’s primary mission is to educate key decision makers, while raising public awareness, on the issues that affect cetaceans (dolphins, whales & porpoises) and their critical habitats through our films, research, campaigns, and media outreach.

In 2002, our film “Orcas in Crisis” was presented to the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Canadian Department of Fisheries (DFO) in an effort to get the US and Canadian Governments to place the Southern resident orcas on the endangered species list. Canada did so in 2003 followed by the US in 2007.
In Hawaii, we advocated for the creation of the Hawaiian Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and its 5-year renewal. We worked closely with Maui County officials ensuring that dolphins and other marine mammals could not be held in captivity on Maui. We also opposed the expansion of Ma’alaea Harbor which would have destroyed coral reefs and vital sea turtle habitat.

Along with our conservation efforts, Whaleman continues its ongoing support and participation in field research projects including Dr. Marsha Green’s study of endangered humpback whales in the Hawaii and Alaska and researcher Anna Hall’s long term study of harbor porpoise in the San Juan and Gulf Islands. We are also supporting beach clean-ups with the “Clean Water Now” coalition of California.

All of us at Whaleman strongly believe that international cooperation is the key to success on these issues. We are committed to capturing the rare and priceless images found in our ocean world in order to continue to preserve and protect it for ourselves and for all future generations, but we can’t do it without your help!