CSI is an all-volunteer, non-profit conservation, education and research organization working on behalf of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and their marine environment.
Founded locally as the Connecticut Cetacean Society in 1974, CSI took to the international scene in 1986 and emerged a global leader in cetacean advocacy, with contacts in over 20 countries today!
Opposes rogue whaling and any attempts to overturn the ban on commercial whaling.
Promotes whale watching as an economic alternative to whaling in developing nations.
Represents cetaceans as an NGO at the IWC (International Whaling Commission) and CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), and assists regional workshops and meetings.
Supports research projects worldwide, especially in developing countries.
Advocates for humane, non-lethal, non-invasive, ethical research standards.
Facilitates a network of scientists, educators, activists, and resources.
Protests the captive display of cetaceans, and the inevitably inhumane wild captures.
Seeks legislative and public solutions to ship strike kills, entanglement and rogue hunting.
Informs legislators and the public on marine pollution issues, habitat destruction and other threats.
Fights sources of anthropogenic noise pollution including military sonar, seismic surveys/exploration and shipping vessels.
Assists and supports the Marine Mammal Stranding Network and its partner rescue and disentanglement organizations around the world.
Distributes educational materials for local and international use.
Answers public and media concerns as advocates for whales, dolphins and porpoises.