This year will see more surveys, more partners, and more conservation projects than ever before.
With the New Year in full swing, ORCA are excited to be working hard on the sensational programme of activity we have planned for 2018, and now surveyors are able to apply for surveys for this year.
Trained surveyors can visit the Surveyor Network on our main website and see a host of surveys that form a crucial part of our biggest programme ever, ready for applications before the season starts next month.
Not only are ORCA running the biggest survey programme ever, however, but we also have a host of new initiatives that we are launching in 2018 as well.
Starting in less than one month will be our brand new Wildlife Officer programme in the Hebrides, covering one of the most important habitats in the UK. Working across West Scotland & the Minches, Andy Gilbert will be working with Calmac ferries to delivery a new programme of citizen science as well as engaging with passengers on board the multitude of routes in the area.
ORCA will also be delivering a brand new cruise programme working with ultra-luxury cruise operator Silversea, with ORCA conservationists working on board the Silver Explorer as travels along the Pacific coast of North America. This team are hoping to see brand new species never before recorded by ORCA, expanding our geographical coverage to a whole new region of the world.
However, it's not all about new partnerships as we are building on many of our long term relationships to achieve exciting new goals. Saga cruise voyages continue to be a vital part of our work, and this year we are heading to some of the most exciting destinations in UK & European waters to build on the phenomenal success we had in 2017.
Our Wildlife Officer programme continues to be an important part of our work with Brittany Ferries, and we are in the process of analysing the Ship Strike data collected aboard Pont-Aven in 2017 to plan the next stages of this critical research.
And last but not least, our partnership with DFDS is continuing to go from strength to strength, with two exciting new projects in the pipeline that we hope will be announced very soon! In the meantime, we are deep into planning our Wildlife Officer programme in the North Sea and excited to be getting out on the King Seaways again soon.
Added to this we celebrate 20 years of partnering with Isles of Scilly Steamship Company, and are looking forward to building on this incredibly solid platform to achieve more than ever before.
2018 promises to be yet another landmark year so we look forward to working with friends, supporters, partners and members to help our conservation work reach more people and places than ever before.