Cetacean Society International

Working for whales, dolphins and porpoises worldwide

What is Cetacean Society International

CSI is a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer, non-profit conservation, education and research organization working on behalf of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and their marine environment.

Our Mission

CSI's Mission is to stop the killing, capture and display of cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises); encourage human activities that enhance public awareness and stewardship of cetaceans and our marine environment; and collaborate with stakeholders to reduce anthropogenic threats such as bycatch, invasive research, sonar, ship strikes, pollution, seismic testing, and others as they are revealed.

To meet that mission, CSI:

  • Opposes cetacean captivity: It is the position of Cetacean Society International that it is no longer justifiable for cetaceans to be captured or maintained in captivity for purposes of exhibition, research or education. There exists a moral imperative for cetaceans in captivity to be maintained in optimal conditions for their physical and social well-being and for efforts to be made for their rehabilitation and release.
  • 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.
  • 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.