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The harbour porpoise is the most abundant porpoise, but human activity is having a significant impact on its numbers.
Despite their general abundance, harbour porpoise are threatened by over-fishing, ocean noise and pollution. The Baltic Sea population is listed as "critically endangered" by the IUCN and facing extinction; the population in the Black Sea is also endangered. By-catch is considered a major cause for the decline of these populations, and the most serious threat for porpoises in general.
With a symbolic adoption, you can help us raise awareness for serious conservation issues and support our research on harbour porpoise and their relatives.
- Personalized, printable adoption certificate
- Harbour Porpoise species profile
- Spot on virtual recognition wall
- Donation receipt for income tax purposes
Adopt a Harbour Porpoise
With the symbolic adoption of a harbour porpoise, you are helping to conserve porpoises and their habitats. Every adoption supports our research and education efforts and helps raise awareness for porpoises.
Want to donate as a gift or on behalf of someone else? Check "Dedicate this donation" and the name you enter will appear on the adoption certificate.
What is a symbolic adoption?
One of the ways in which you can join us in our mission is through a symbolic adoption. By making a donation to our cause, you are providing us with critical support for our ongoing efforts to study, protect, and preserve vulnerable porpoise populations and their habitats.
Porpoises are often difficult to identify as individuals, which is why instead of focusing on one specific individual, our symbolic adoption program allows you to choose a species that you feel a special connection with. Through your donation, you are symbolically adopting a member of that species and contribute to our work to ensure their survival.
In recognition of your generous gift, you receive a personalized, printable adoption certificate as a way to show our appreciation of your commitment to our cause. With your support, we can continue to fight for the health and well-being of our oceans and the incredible creatures that call them home.
How will my donation be used?
Education, Outreach and Wildlife Interpretation: Every successful conservation initiative begins with public awareness. Through the development of our outreach and education programs, teachers, naturalists and scientists come together to educate the public on conservation issues that affect porpoises and their habitats: from ocean pollution to ocean noise, habitat destruction, accidental entanglement as by-catch and commercial hunting. The goal is to reach people of all ages and all walks of life, from school children to visitors at our study sites. Current projects include the development of lesson plans and classroom materials ─ and wildlife interpretation for the general public.
Advocacy & Direct Action: We work tirelessly to advocate for the protection of porpoises and their habitats. Your donations are vital in enabling us to engage with policymakers and stakeholders to implement new policies and strengthen existing regulations to advance conservation efforts. Your contributions also support our direct action initiatives, as we work on by-catch mitigation, habitat restoration and the promotion of environmentally responsible practices. We are currently raising funds for a campaign aimed at curbing the market for totoaba swim bladders in China, with the goal of protecting the critically endangered vaquita.
Research: To promote conservation efforts and to inform policy, we encourage and engage in all areas of scientific research involving porpoises and their habitats. Current projects include land and vessel based study of harbour porpoise, Dall's porpoise and Burmeister's porpoise ─ and the creation of a global sightings reporting platform. Studying habitat use and seasonal abundance helps researchers identify important habitats which forms a basis for conservation action and management decisions.
Adopt a Vaquita Porpoise
The smallest and rarest porpoise is critically endangered and facing imminent extinction.
Adopt a Dall's Porpoise
The world’s fastest porpoise lives only in the Pacific and faces a number of threats.
Adopt a Spectacled Porpoise
Primarily an oceanic species, little is known about this strikingly beautiful animal.
Adopt a Burmeister's Porpoise
This species is native to South America, where it is being hunted as shark and crab bait.
Adopt a Finless Porpoise
There are two species, both of which are in decline due to habitat degradation.