Projects

Facilitating Protections for Whales in the Pacific Islands

Facilitating Protections for Whales in the Pacific Islands

SPREP (the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Pacific Environment Programme) hosted a 3-day conference titled “Whales in a Changing Ocean” in Tonga April 4-6. 16 countries and territories participated in the conference. The conference included three break-out sessions taking place over a period of two days addressing 1) emerging threats to whales; 2) whale watching; […]

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Pacific Whales in a Changing Climate

Pacific Whales in a Changing Climate

Blue Climate Solutions and Cet Law have been tasked to research and co-author a report on Pacific island whales and climate change. The report addresses the impacts of climate change, potential consequences of climate change on Pacific island whale populations, the role of whales in climate change mitigation, and the potential effects on the whale […]

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The Blackfish Effect on the U.S. Legal Systems

The Blackfish Effect on the U.S. Legal Systems

For the uninitiated, Blackfish is a documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013. The film follows the story of a killer whale, named Tilikum, that killed his trainer, Dawn Brancheau, on 24 February 2010 at SeaWorld Orlando. Tilikum passed away in January 2016.  Blackfish digs into the controversy of keeping killer […]

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Studying Whale-Watching In and Around MPAs on the Pacific Coast

Studying Whale-Watching In and Around MPAs on the Pacific Coast

Cet Law has joined forces with Stephanie Stefanski, PhD Candidate, Duke University, and Jared Towers, Executive Director, NIMMSA, to perform a Pacific Coast Whale-Watching Study on behalf of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), as part of its Marine Protected Areas: Strengthening Management Effectiveness and Supporting Coastal Community Resilience project. The CEC is a commission formed by the […]

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Auditing Vancouver Island North

Auditing Vancouver Island North

Vancouver Island North’s story is woven with whales. From being considered a part of the First Nation’s family, to pioneering the now-standard use of dorsal fin and saddle patch identification for research, to developing some of the first whale watching guidelines in the world. Wanting that story shared and recognized, as well as their efforts to […]

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Identifying Whale Heritage Sites

Identifying Whale Heritage Sites

Established by the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA), Whale Heritage Sites are an innovative initiative aimed at increasing the protection and conservation of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and their habitats while contributing to sustainable livelihoods, the arts, science and education. Whale Heritage Site status will be granted to those places around the world where cetaceans are […]

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Legislating the Cook Islands Whale Sanctuary

Legislating the Cook Islands Whale Sanctuary

In 2001, the Cook Islands declared the waters in its exclusive economic zone (stretching 200 nautical miles from the coastlines) a whale sanctuary. For the past 15 years while no formal legislation was in place, Cook Islanders have been working together through consent and cooperation to protect and respect whales. Cet Law has worked with […]

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