Cetacean Society International

Working for whales, dolphins and porpoises worldwide

What is Cetacean Society International

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!

Our Purpose

Oppose 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.

Oppose rogue whaling and any attempts to overturn the ban on commercial whaling.

Promote whale watching as an economic alternative to whaling in developing nations.

Represent cetaceans as an NGO at the IWC (International Whaling Commission) and CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), and assist regional workshops and meetings.

Support research projects worldwide, especially in developing countries.

Advocate for humane, non-lethal, non-invasive, ethical research standards.

Facilitate a network of scientists, educators, activists, and resources.

Seek legislative and public solutions to ship strike kills, entanglement and rogue hunting.

Inform legislators and the public on marine pollution issues, habitat destruction and other threats.

Fight sources of anthropogenic noise pollution including military sonar, seismic surveys/exploration and shipping vessels.

Assist and support the Marine Mammal Stranding Network and its partner rescue and disentanglement organizations around the world.

Distribute educational materials for local and international use.

Answer public and media concerns as advocates for whales, dolphins and porpoises.