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The International Whaling Commission

IWC-logoThe International Whaling Commission (IWC) is the global intergovernmental body charged with the conservation of whales and the management of whaling.  It is set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling signed in 1946.  The Commission has a current membership of 88 Governments from countries around the World.

In 1986 the Commission introduced zero catch limits for commercial whaling.  This provision is still in place today, although the Commission continues to set catch limits for aboriginal subsistence whaling.

As well as keeping whale catch limits under review, the Commission works to promote the recovery of depleted whale populations by addressing a range of specific issues.  These include ship strikes, entanglement events, environmental concerns and establishing protocols for whale watching.

The pages on the website provide detailed information about the Commission, its meetings, decisions and its current work to conserve and manage whale populations throughout the world. Go to: http://iwc.int/home


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Melanie Smith, SF Bay ACS Vice President, was nominated to be our ACS National IWC representative.

To follow her DAILY BLOG prior to and during the IWC meetings go to the website http://www.bubblenetter.com/

Congratulations Melanie. Thank you for your constant devotion and all your work with SF Bay ACS and ACS!

New Naturalist Program!

Love whales? Want an interesting and fun volunteer opportunity?

Become a SF Bay ACS Chapter Naturalist!

Sign up now!  Class begins September 16th

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A Huge Thank You goes out to some of our Indiegogo Campaign Donors whose Generous Donations receive Name Recognition on our Website.

Thank you for all your Support and Generous Donations during our Indiegogo Campaign. You have helped make our Naturalist class a Reality!

Dave Bones Nic Borg Heather Willis Gail Hurley
Marta Lindsey Susan Mangels Diane Straus Sharon Trahan
Jill Whitebook Natasha Yankoffski

ACS’s 14th International Conference – Nov. 7-9, 2014

Tuned+in+to+Whales+2014 confernceSave the Dates!  

ACS 14th International Conference

 November 7-9, 2014

At the Hyatt Regency in beautiful Newport Beach, CA.  

Early Bird Registration Discounts!


Latest Conference Updates

                     http://acsonline.org/education/conference/upcoming-2014-conference-     tuned-in-to-whales-conservation-research-education/


Take the plunge into the underwater world beyond the Golden Gate into the Gulf of the Farallones: September 30th at Bay Model

September 30, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where:  Bay Model Visitor Center    2100 Bridgeway,  Sausalito, CA 94965

$5 Donation goes toward Student Research Grants

Mary Jane Schramm

Take the plunge into the underwater world beyond the Golden Gate into the Gulf of the Farallones

farallonesBlubber-Lovers Unite! Take the plunge into the underwater world beyond the Golden Gate into the Gulf of the Farallones, where dolphins leap, white sharks prowl, giant blue whales lunge through seething masses of krill, humpbacks breach and land with a thundering splash, and where seabirds enact their timeless rituals of courtship and mating. Discover where the “hot spots” are for the many of the whale species that visit this National Marine Sanctuary year-round, and – whether you are a confirmed land-lubber or salty dog, find out how you can experience them!

Join sanctuary spokesperson Mary Jane Schramm for this virtual excursion into the briny deep! Co-author of West Coast Whale Watching (Harper Collins), MJ has led whale watching cruises in Baja California and locally. Her field experience includes cetacean and pinniped rescue, and assisting with research on humpbacks,  elephant seals, and other marine mammals. MJ is currently Public Information Officer for NOAA’s Large Whale Disentanglement Network in the Bay Area. Continue reading

New Science on California Orcas – October 28th at Bay Model

October 28, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where:  Bay Model Visitor Center    2100 Bridgeway,  Sausalito, CA 94965

$5 Donation goes toward Student Research Grants

Sarah Allen

New Science on California Orcas

s. allenWhile killer whales are found in all of the world’s oceans, their lives in the wild are poorly understood, in part because there are tremendous differences between different groups of orcas. Though the species range spans the globe from pole to pole, individual orcas belong to regional ecological groups, called ecotypes that have distinct ranges and behaviors. Scientists recognize at least 10 ecotypes for the species worldwide, three of which can be found off California: Southern Resident, Transient, and Offshore. 

Sarah will delve into the different killer whale “ecotypes” that regularly visit the waters of central California and how the Marine Mammal Stranding Network (a group of agencies, organizations and volunteers) retrieved an entire killer whale skeleton for display at the California Academy of Sciences for their “Built for Speed” exhibit.  Continue reading

Dramatic 24-hour Gray Whale Disentanglement off Laguna Beach, CA

Capt. Dave and his wife, Gisele, were headed to dinner with friends Friday evening at 5:30 PM when they received a call from one of their whale watching boats that a whale with a huge amount of gillnet wrapped around its tail flukes had been spotted. They quickly abandoned their plans and headed to Dana Point Harbor where they met up with volunteer members of Capt. Dave’s crew, Tom Southern, Mark Tyson and Steve Plantz and headed out in their whale watching boat to see the entangled whale and attempt to help it before it got dark. Continue reading