Erich Hoyt - "Adventures with Orcas in the North Pacific, from Stubbs to Iceberg"
Citizen's For A Healthy Bay (healthybay.org) hosts Erich Hoyt in Tacoma. Mr. Hoyt's first killer whale expedition to Johnstone Strait sailed from Victoria, BC in June 1973. He proceeded to spend parts of the next 10 summers with orcas, culminating in his now classic book Orca: The Whale Called Killer.
Erich went on to study and work on conservation projects related to other whales, dolphins, sharks, deep sea creatures, ants and social insects, working in Costa Rica, Japan, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Argentina, Chile and other countries.
In 1999 he co-founded the Far East Russia Orca Project (FEROP) to learn more about orca pods targeted for aquarium captures and to get Russian students involved in science and conservation of killer whales in Russian waters. Now in its 15th year, FEROP has recorded the Russian pods and photo-IDed some 1500 orcas off Kamchatka and in the Commander Islands including three white orcas found so far in the study areas.
Erich is an authority on marine protected areas (MPAs) and sanctuaries, and is currently Research Fellow with WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, leading its Global Critical Habitat MPA Program. He is as an appointed member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission's Cetacean Specialist Group and the World Commission on Protected Areas, and co- chairs the IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force. He is a member of the International Committee for Marine Mammal Protected Areas and has helped organize and program its world conferences in Hawaii (2009), Martinique (2011), Australia (2014) and Mexico (to be Nov. 2016).
A former Vannevar Bush Fellow in the Public Understanding of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and twice James Thurber Writer-in-Residence at The Thurber House, Hoyt was recently awarded the Mandy McMath Conservation Award by the European Cetacean Society at its annual conference for his body of work including books, papers and work on marine conservation. He is a Canadian- US dual citizen who lives with his family in England.
Mr. Hoyt's book "Creatures of the Deep" and "Orca: A Whale Called Killer" will be on sale and available for signing at this event.
Co-Hosted by The Whale Trail: The Whale Trail (www.thewhaletrail.org) is a series of sites along the North American west coast to watch orcas and other marine mammals from shore.
Our goals are to increase awareness that our marine waters are home to orcas and other species; connect visitors to orcas, other marine wildlife and their habitat; inspire stewardship and build community; promote land-based whale watching. Our over-arching goal is to ensure the southern resident orcas do not go extinct.
The Whale Trail provides simple, powerful, and long-lasting reminders to visitors and residents alike that orcas and other whales live in our waters. Through our current sites and signs, including two on every Washington State ferry, we reach more than 22 million people each year. We are working with planning teams in British Columbia, Oregon and California to extend The Whale Trail along the North American west coast.The Whale Trail is a 501(c)3 organization registered in Washington State
University of Washington Tacoma Carwein Auditorium (View)
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Tacoma , WA 98403
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