BC Whales
Research | Connect | Protect
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Research Partners

Research Partners

One of our objectives is to develop partnerships with coastal First Nation communities and NGO's to support the development of whale monitoring projects and programs and other stewardship activities. This will allow for increased documentation of the whale populations along our coast. Working as a science advisor, lead researcher Janie Wray of NCCS will provide the guidance and training needed to develop this local capacity to undertake monitoring surveys and support broader efforts for stewardship and habitat protection of the marine environment. This collaboration among research communities will increase our understanding about whale habitat use and the connections whales have with each other.

Gitga’at Nation

Hartley Bay is the home of the Gitga’at Nation.

Located on British Columbia’s remote northwest coast, the present-day home community of the GITGA’AT NATION is Hartley Bay. The Gitga’at have been stewards of their land and its resources since time immemorial, and their surroundings are deeply tied to their customs, daily life, and cultural identity


Kitasoo/xai’xis Nation

Klemtu is the home to the Kitasoo/Xai'xais Nation

The Kitasoo/Xai’xais community and its leadership, ensure that Kitasoo/Xai’xais laws, customs, traditions, policies and practices are included in resource planning and management decisions, and advocate for the recognition of Kitasoo/Xai’xais Aboriginal title and rights.

Heiltsuk Nation

Bella Bella, BC, is home of the Heiltsuk Nation.

Gvi’ilas has been described as the ethos of our people: “Gvi’ilas not only governed our relationship and responsibilities to land and resources, but also social relationships and obligations with respect to lands and resources. For example, take a little and leave a lot; dispersed and varied resource harvesting obligations to share and support family and community; obligations to care for the resource; seeing all aspects of harvesting, from the taking of the resources to the methods used, as a gift of the Creator.”


World Wildlife Fund

Over time, our work has evolved from protecting particular wildlife species and habitats to protecting life on Earth – including our own. Today, our work is about life, because everything we do is about securing the future of healthy, thriving ecosystems. And living, because the choices we make will decide that future—for us and for all species.

Everything WWF does is grounded in science. We use the best available data and sophisticated modelling tools to understand ecological connections, identify pressing issues and develop effective conservation strategies.

Oceans Network Canada

The University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada monitors the west and east coasts of Canada and the Arctic to continuously deliver data in real-time for scientific research that helps communities, governments and industry make informed decisions about our future. Using cabled observatories, remote control systems and interactive sensors, and big data management ONC enables evidence-based decision-making on ocean management, disaster mitigation, and environmental protection.

Pacific Wild

Pacific Wild is a non-profit located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest on Denny Island. We are committed to defending wildlife and their habitat on Canada’s Pacific coast by developing and implementing conservation solutions in collaboration with First Nations communities, scientists, other organizations and individuals. Pacific Wild supports innovative research, public education, community outreach and awareness to achieve the goal of lasting environmental protection in the lands and waters of the Great Bear Rainforest.


The work of OrcaLab is based on the philosophy that it is possible to study the wild without interfering with lives or habitat. A network of hydrophones, positioned around the orcas' "core habitat" helps us monitor their movements all year round. Supplementing the acoustic data are visual sightings of orcas as they pass OrcaLab, and reports from land observation sites during the summer "season" as well as reports from other researchers and whale watchers who share observations and information.

Ecotourism Operators

We work with a variety of ecotourism operators who operate within the Greatbear Rainforest.

Archie reece & Nichole robinson

Archie “Bunker” and Nichole have been based from a small cabin on Rennison Island in Caamano Sound since 2014. From here they are able to collect valuable data on the movement of the Orca, Humpback and Fin Whales that frequent these waters. They also work to educate boaters about the proper etiquette for travel around whales to ensure their safety.

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Interns & Research Assistants

We work with interns and research assistants from all over the world. They are our eyes and ears in collecting valuable data on the frequency, movements and behaviours of whales in our research area.