Whales in a Changing Ocean

As part of our continued partnership with South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), we are pleased to announce that tickets are now available for the Whales in a Changing Ocean conference, to be held in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, 4-6 April.

The World Cetacean Alliance will be represented by Dylan Walker, CEO of the Secretariat and Natalie Barefoot of WCA Partner Cet Law. Amongst the topics to be discussed will be sustainable whale watching and Whale Heritage Sites.

Whales in a Changing Ocean is a new approach to whale conservation. This three-day event will focus on emerging threats to Pacific whales, bringing together political decision-makers, scientists, community, industry and funders to investigate future legislative/research needs and design innovative ways of cooperating and collaborating.

The conference is a highlight of SPREP’s two-year campaign to protect Pacific whales. While they’ve recovered from the brink of extinction, they are at significant risk from a range of emerging threats, including entanglement, noise pollution, marine debris and climate change.

Recognising and managing these dangers is critical as they will ultimately affect everyone living in the Pacific.

The conference aims to:

  • assess emerging threats to whales from changes occurring in our oceans
  • review the ecosystem and economic value of whales in the Pacific Islands
  • promote best practice whale watching throughout the region and explore innovative programmes underway around the world
  • provide an update on the status and trends of whales in the Pacific Islands region
  • bring together government representatives and senior officials to discuss future collaborations on the conservation of whales in the region, as a precursor to the review of SPREP’s marine species programme
  • prepare a regional perspective for upcoming international fora, including the United Nations Oceans Conference in June.

Come and join us.



Photo: Courtesy Nuie Tourist Board