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Mission Statement

Founded in 1978, ORES is a small, non-profit organization with a
 long history of studying whales in their natural environment.

1. Vision

We strive to contribute to on-going conservation of whales and the environment they live in through research, education and information sharing.

2. Mission

Our mission is to conduct long-term, in-depth studies of free-living marine mammals in general and the minke whales in particular which will lead to a better understanding of the complexity of the marine ecosystems, whale biology and of the habitats they share with humans. The profound knowledge gained is crucial to developing conservation and management strategies for today’s rapidly changing environment. Ultimately our goal is to provide a scientific basis for long term protection of Marine Mammals and their environment.

3. Values

ORES values the following conditions as part of its activities:

- A respectful approach to nature, its inhabitants (whales, seals and birds) and the ecosystems they inhabit.

- To apply minimally intrusive research methods on whales.

- To guarantee the integrity of the research.

- To share the knowledge gained with scientific communities and the general public.

- To offer comprehensive participatory learning experiences.

- To foster the scientific method of gaining understanding and sharing  that knowledge with the national and international general public, including such methods as information sharing with the local whale watching industry.

4. Objectives

The ORES Centre for Ocean Research and Education  continues the long-term research history of the ORES Centre for Coastal Field Studies founded by the late Ned Lynas in 1978.

Research as a base for a better understanding

We undertake and support technical, statistical, and scientific research on the ecology and quality of marine habitats in general, and on the ecology and conservation of marine mammals in particular.

Education as a base to raise environmental awareness

To educate the present and future generations in order to promote the respect of individuals towards the marine ecosystem and its inhabitants, especially whales.

Public information as a base for conservation

We promote a respectful and sustainable approach to nature and whales.