A MESSAGE FROM IAIN KERR

By December 9, 2013Ocean Alliance News

2013 has been a very productive and diverse year. Our primary goal, to protect whales and their ocean environment has never been more important or imperative so we cannot thank you enough for supporting our programs.

To counter the diverse challenges facing whales and our oceans we have made significant leaps forward with both old and new programs in 2013.  Following are a few highlights:

  • Ribbon Cutting We moved into our new headquarters at the iconic Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory.  As renovations continue, we are cleaning up a polluted site and creating a lasting environmental legacy for Ocean Alliance and the City of Gloucester.
  •  The American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) invited scientific partner, the Wise Laboratory, and Ocean Alliance to host a 5-speaker session on our research in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the most prestigious scientific group in America — a massive testament and endorsement of our work in the Gulf.
  •  Ocean Alliance President Roger Payne worked with Jane Goodall on a documentary shot at our whale camp in Argentina reflecting on their years in conservation.  Projected release date summer 2014
  • Ocean Alliance CEO Iain Kerr spoke at the United Nations in New York on World Energy Day addressing our vision for a sustainable ocean.
  •  Iain, Paul and RogerWe worked with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (of “Whale Wars” fame) who joined us for a hugely successful summer campaign in the Gulf of Mexico, looking at the consequences of the BP oil spill.
  •  We finished the 43rd field season of what is the longest continually running great whale study on the planet, our population survey of southern right whales in Patagonia. Our Whale Conservation Institute branch in Argentina beat out all other South American Nations to win the BBVA Latin America Award for Biodiversity Conservation!
  •  Our exciting partnership with the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering continues as we cast a keen eye to the future, by designing and building research drones that will collect data above, on and below the water.

 

If you have any questions about the above programs or any Ocean Alliance endeavors please do not hesitate to contact us.  It is the generosity of people like you that has made these achievements possible, so as Christmas and a new-year approaches we now ask if you can support our organization with an end of year gift.

Our best wishes for the holiday season.

Sincerely,

Iain Kerr

CEO