January 20, 2017
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Pacific Whale Foundation Founder & Executive Director
Greg Kaufman to Present at Passenger Vessel Association
Annual Convention, Seattle WA, January 29 - February 1, 2017

Pacific Whale Foundation Founder and Executive Director, Greg Kaufman will be presenting on Conservation and Education through Ecotourism at the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA)  Annual Convention taking place January 29 - February 1 in Seattle, WA. The Convention is an information and best practices sharing symposium for leaders in the passenger vessel industry and key government officials and representatives.

Kaufman was selected to present on Conservation and Education through Ecotourism during the session on "Best Green Practices" at the PVA Green Waters Conference on January 30. The presentation focuses on examining the cumulative effects and consequences of whalewatching on cetacean populations, drawing upon Kaufman's nearly 40 decades of whale research and ecotourism experience.

"An integrated, data-driven methodology is needed if we are to assess the impact of whalewatching on whales and other marine animals," says Kaufman. "This scientific approach has been the cornerstone of Pacific Whale Foundation activities from its inception, and through sharing our findings with others in forums such as this, we gain insights that improve our own practices."

Kaufman's presentation looks at current and developing research tools, including advances in statistical modelling, as potential methods to investigate whale behavioral and physiological responses in the presence of vessels. "Whalewatching is a growing global industry with many education and conservation benefits, both for communities and the ocean," says Kaufman. "However, we have to work together to research and reduce potential disturbances to the animals." 

The presentation is based on an article co-authored by Kaufman in the international journal Ocean & Coastal Management entitled The modelling and assessment of whale-watching impacts. Other topics for discussion in the PVA Green Waters Conference include Protecting Pristine Places by Being a Green Ambassador, presented by Seattle's UnCruise Adventures, and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Ferry Project, presented by San Francisco's Red & White Fleet.

The Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) is a forum for vessel owners and operators dedicated to promoting a safe and secure maritime operating environment for passengers, crew and the public at large. Their Annual Convention features education and general sessions, interactive information exchanges, and industry-specific conferences.

Greg Kaufman is widely acknowledged as an innovator and leader in marine ecotourism. He has been active in international whale and dolphin watch development and conservation programs in the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and North and South Pacific regions. He is an Invited Participant to the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) Scientific Committee and is a contributor to the IWC subcommittees on Whalewatching, Southern Hemisphere Whales, and Human Induced Mortality in Marine Mammals, and is also a Whalewatch representative to the IWC's Conservation Committee. Kaufman has served multiple representative roles on the the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Committee. He also co-led the United Nations Environmental Programme's Regional Workshop on Marine Mammal Watching in the Wider Caribbean Region, led the Indian Ocean Rim Association Whale and Dolphin Workshop, and has directed trainings for Whale and Dolphin Watching in Oman. 
Pacific Whale Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1980 to save whales from extinction and protect the world's oceans through science and advocacy. An international organization with ongoing research studies in Hawaii, Ecuador, Chile and Australia, Pacific Whale Foundation is also an active participant in global efforts to address threats to whales and other marine life. Please visit for more information on Greg Kaufman or Pacific Whale Foundation's research, education and conservation programs.
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