Pacific Whale Watch Association members support a wide range of organizations and efforts to help protect and restore the Sound and Straits and all creatures therein, from the tiniest foraminifera to sandlance to salmon to our totem species at the top of the food chain, the orca.  We lend our support to a lot of groups. But as an Association, we focus our collective efforts and resources on helping one institution that's done more to recover our beloved Southern Resident Community of orcas than anyone -- The Center for Whale Research.  And we encourage every one of the 500,000-plus people who get on our boats each year to do the same.

How To Help

No fish, no blackfish.  In response to the loss of J32 and her baby on December 4, 2014, the Pacific Whale Watch Association took part in a restoration of some of the Cedar River watershed near Seattle, WA, a work day hosted and organized by the non-profit organization, Whale Scout, together with King County Parks. Also participating were members of the Friends of the Cedar River Watershed and Orca Conservancy. PWWA and many there decided that the best way to mourn the loss of yet another of our endangered Southern Resident orcas was to do something positive like this, to fix some of the damage we've done to these salmon habitats. No fish, no blackfish. We encourage everyone who wants to contribute to orca recovery to do the same. No matter where you live, you can help. Contact Whale Scout or PWWA and we'll help you find a project in your backyard. 


become a member of the center for whale research

100% of all memberships, donations and purchases go directly to continuing The Center for Whale Research's long-term study of the Southern Resident Community of orcas and its conservation, education and advocacy efforts on their behalf. They cannot do it without your support.

The Pacific Whale Watch Association is proud to be a longtime supporter of Ken Balcomb and his team at The Center for Whale Research as they continue their fourth decade surveying the Southern Resident orcas and working to recover the population. 

Help them help the whales. Here's their website:

see whales in the wild with a pwwa member company

With 32 member whale watch companies and partner marine businesses throughout the region, PWWA is in a unique position to contribute. Our distinctive, stable, all-weather, USCG 100-mile-certified vessels are important platforms for researchers, and the observations and photography our own biologists, naturalists, captains and even passengers compile and share with The Center for Whale Research, Cascadia Research Collective and other scientists and institutions are critical data advancing the understanding and long-term survivability of these whale populations.

You can also help the whales by coming out with one of our member operators and seeing these majestic animals first-hand, and then joining their constituency for conservation.