Final plans being made for ORCA OceanWatch 2018

Author // Anna Bunney Categories // Survey & Sightings News

Final plans being made for ORCA OceanWatch 2018

The fourth year of ORCA's ever popular corporate volunteering programme looks like the biggest yet.

ORCA OceanWatch, which gives bridge crews the chance to play a role in marine conservation, starts on Saturday 28th July and will see dozens of ships participating from across the UK ferry and cruise network.

Seafarers are trained to collect sightings data of whales, dolphins and porpoises during their normal operation, with the sightings reported helping ORCA to create a snapshot of the overall health of waters around the UK, Europe and beyond.

ORCA's Wildlife Officers in the Bay of Biscay, North Sea, English Channel and Hebrides will all be helping passengers to get involved, whilst our cruise and survey teams will also be keeping their eyes peeled for sightings.

Companies taking part in 2018 include Brittany Ferries, DFDS, Northlink, Wightlink, Red Funnel, Isles of Scilly Travel, CalMac and Saga. ORCA will also have Wildlife Officers aboard cruises with Noble Caledonia and P&O Cruises this year, and for the first time we will have an ORCA conservationist working on P&O Ferries route from Cairnryan to Larne on 29th July.

Last year we had a record number of sightings and, with more than 250 crew trained, ORCA OceanWatch is one of the largest corporate volunteering programmes in the maritime sector. We can't wait to see what exciting encounters our partners report, so be sure to keep track of our progress using the hashtag #ORCAOceanWatch!