If you have found yourself on the Sea Watch Foundation website, it’s probably because you have an affinity for cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and you have definitely come to the right place. The Sea Watch Foundation is a unique conservation charity based in the UK with the aim to monitor and study British whales, dolphins and porpoises and engage the general public with these fascinating animals.
The backbone of the charity is no doubt our director Dr. Peter Evans, the renowned marine mammal scientists who founded Sea Watch. His efforts have been recognised, amongst others, by the European Cetacean Society which honoured him with the European Cetacean Society Conservation Award and by BBC Wildlife which listed him as one of the top 50 most influential conservation heroes in 2016.
Sea Watch benefits from his knowledge and experience on a daily basis and now so can you! In December 2019, Peter published his most recent book entitled European Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises: Marine Mammal Conservation in Practice.
The book presents an intimate view of the workings of international conservation agreements to protect marine mammals, detailing achievements over the last 25 years, identifying weaknesses and making recommendations that governments, scientists, marine stakeholders and the public can take to improve conservation efforts. The book provides a unique synthesis on cetacean species status, distribution and ecology. In addition, it presents information on various conservation threats, including fisheries by catch, contaminants, noise disturbance, plastic ingestion and climate change.
This comprehensive resource will appeal to marine mammal conservationists and researchers, as well as environmental and wildlife practitioners at all levels.
If you would like to know more about Peter, check out this interview our Regional Coordinator Angharad conducted in 2016 or read WDC’s Mark Simmonds speech summarising Peter’s remarkable achievements during the 2012 European Cetacean Society conference.