Pacific Whale Foundation

The Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1980 and based in Maui, Hawaii that conducts whale research and educates the public in an effort to save vulnerable species of whales from extinction. As of 2012 the organization had about 150 employees.[1]

Pacific Whale Foundation
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Legal statusFoundation
HeadquartersMaui, Hawaii, United States

Since its foundation the PWF has been working to prevent destruction of populations of Humpback whales, dolphins, turtles and coral reefs in Hawaii.[2] Every year the PWF organizes a "Great Whale Count" where volunteers systematically gather data on whales that can be seen from ten observation points along the southern shore of Maui, giving a series of snapshots that indicate changes in whale populations.[3] The Pacific Whale Foundation provided funding to the Alfaguara project on Isla de Chiloé in southern Chile for marine surveys of the local blue whale population in the 2012 season.[4]

The PWF also has a second home in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia.[5]


  1. ^ "About PWF". Pacific Whale Foundation. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
  2. ^ "Pacific Whale Foundation". Volunteer on Vacation in Hawaii. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
  3. ^ "Public invited to assist with Maui whale count". eTurbo News. Jan 31, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
  4. ^ "PWF ASSISTS WITH STUDY OF BLUE WHALES IN CHILE". Pacific Whale Foundation. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  5. ^ "Pacific Whale Foundation Australia | Protecting the Ocean Through Science & Advocacy". Pacific Whale Foundation Australia. Retrieved 2018-07-24.