About Be Whale Wise

Be Whale Wise is a partnership of governmental agencies, non-profits and other stakeholders in the Salish Sea to research, implement and educate best vessel practices to protect the unique and fragile marine resources found in the area. The partnership began in the late 90’s and developed along with the United States and Canada listing the Southern Resident killer whale population as Endangered. Today, the Be Whale Wise team helps create consistent messaging and education to local boaters and those visiting the area. Be Whale Wise partners accomplish this goal by educating boaters on shore, then reinforcing the message on-the-water around whales.

Be Whale Wise is managed by the core partners: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, San Juan County Marine Resources Committee, and The Whale Museum/Soundwatch. Other partners that assist in the development and distribution of the program include: the United States Coast Guard, Pacific Whale Watch Association, CETUS, Straitwatch, Ocean Wise, Seattle Aquarium, Georgia Strait Alliance, BC Parks, Killer Whale Tales, and Orca Network.

Core Partners


Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/index-eng.htm

Transport Canada: https://tc.canada.ca/en/

WA Department of Fish & Wildlife: https://wdfw.wa.gov/

The Whale Museumhttps://whalemuseum.org/