Whalefish, a non-profit marine outreach and conservation organisation, has partnered with the IMarEST to inspire the next generation of marine professionals and upskill the competencies of those working the marine science sector.
Based in the UK and South Africa, Whalefish engages with students, professionals and the public to better connect science, industry and communities to raise awareness of marine conservation issues. It hosts workshops teaching practical skills in marine science and offers insight into career opportunities in the marine industrial and academic sectors.
In addition to training, Whalefish provides impartial scientific advice to the media and promotes research that aims to improve marine protection management strategies and support initiatives that encourage transparency.
“We are excited to continue our collaboration with the IMarEST through this partnership initiative and look forward to developing an already strong relationship which has supported Whalefish over the years through annual student scholarships, funding for international projects and by providing a platform for scientific communication” – Lorenzo Scala, Co-Founder and Marine Acoustic Scientist
“I am very excited to be more closely aligned with Whalefish. Having witnessed their expertise when the IMarEST accredited them as a recognised CPD training provider, their skills in marine training will be vital in improving professional standards within the marine sciences and I look forward to achieving ambitious targets together” – Dr Bev Mackenzie, Technical and Policy Director
Whalefish’s mission to connect and inspire the next generation of marine ambassadors and conservation scientists through community projects, education and collaboration, closely aligns with the IMarEST’s voluntary commitment towards UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 ‘Life Below Water’. The partnership will help to boost this commitment, inspiring, recruiting and retaining young professionals into the marine sector to ensure the protection of the ocean for future generations.
Additionally, Whalefish will align itself with the IMarEST’s Marine Mammal Special Interest Group (SIG) and will work to improve professionalism in the marine sector. This will include developing a set of professional standards for marine mammal professionals.
Whalefish courses are CPD recognised by the IMarEST and IMarEST members can apply for a bursary to attend their conservation course.
The IMarEST’s NGO Partnership scheme is open to all non-governmental organisations operating in the marine science and conservation sector and supports capacity building and professional development through access to complimentary membership benefits, knowledge-sharing, online promotion and free membership for volunteers. They are designed to help support the work of NGOs to positively contribute towards the delivery of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (in particular SDG14 Life Below Water).
To find out more on the benefits of an NGO Partnership, please visit the Marine Partners web page or contact .