What we do

We know that the threats faced by whales and dolphins are a huge global problem that seems far too big and wide to tackle here in the UK.

But ORCA believes that the only way to protect our whales and dolphins is to identify areas where they’re vulnerable and study their habitats. That way, we can protect these places by changing the way we use them. That includes shipping, fishing, noise pollution, marine litter and more. Best of all, this information can be shared and used across the globe. And that’s the local solution to the global problem.

What we’ve achieved so far.

  1. We are helping the UK government identify important whale and dolphin hotspots around the UK coastline
  2. We are helping the UK government establish the conservation status of the whale, dolphin and porpoise species that frequent our waters
  3. We have identified the area with the highest recorded density of the elusive and rare beaked whales in the North Atlantic, helping governments create ways to study and protect them
  4. We are creating a national network of trained marine mammal surveyors from all walks of life
  5. We have brought together representatives from the shipping industry, NGOs, government and scientists to discuss and plan how to prevent large whales being hit by ships in the North Atlantic.