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Ocean Azores Foundation

Protecting The Whales of The Azores

A donation is made to The Ocean Azores Foundation with every bottle sold of Baleia Gin, and every bar that sells a Baleia & Tonic also makes a donation of €1 per drink served. The foundation aims to fund a range of ocean based projects, benefiting the inhabitants and the ocean waters around the 9 Azores islands. One of the projects supported is The Whale Heritage Site for the Azores, which recognises outstanding destinations for responsible and sustainable whale and dolphin watching. This provides the travel industry with a clear marker to identify and support sustainable practice, and create a platform for communities to engage with marine culture, heritage and biodiversity.

The goals of the Ocean Azores Foundation are to:

  • Provide opportunities for ocean based research
  • Promote the development of sustainable tourism in the Azores
  • Engage tourists and the local community in the protection of the ocean
  • Support initiatives to reduce ocean plastic

Projects started or under consideration include:

  • Whale Heritage Site (WHS) – World Cetacean Alliance
  • ORCA Surveyor Network – ORCA
  • Research project Azores – OCEANA.ORG
  • The Serge Viallelle Initiative – Espaço Talassa
  • Beach Clean-up program Azores – Tidy Shark
  • Smart Ocean Planning – The Ocean Conservancy
  • Ambassador program – Green Stays Portugal
  • Swimming with dolphins – Nova Atlantis Foundation
  • Ghost Net Removal – Ghost Diving Network
  • Ocean Azores – Volunteer Group

Note: The projects listed above do not designate official status with the charities mentioned. These are only projects under consideration at this time in various stages of conversations and development. For all updates see the specific project page.

Read more on oceanazoresfoundation.com