Donation & Membership


Donations – Why are we asking?

Ocean Sounds is a independent non-profit organization (registered in Germany as Ocean Sounds e.V. number: VR721563) which finances all research and education programs with private donations and small grants from other organizations.

Our research focuses on biology & conservation of marine mammals in areas in the world with a high biodiversity. This vital research contributes to knowledge and protection of unique and important marine ecosystems.
Tourism, Fishing/hunting activities, Oil & Mineral exploration, as well as Climate Change demands our scientific understanding of the consequences on the marine environment!

 

Membership: You can become a supporting member for only 20 Euro/year and you will get a newsletter and other whale “gifts”.. (we are working on it )

You can upload the application documents here and fill them out and either send via email:
info@ocean-sounds.com or postal mail (address below)

Application-OceanSounds-English

Aufnahmeantrag-OceanSounds-Deutsch
Application-OceanSounds-NOR
Application-OceanSounds-IT

 

Donations are all tax refundable and will be directly used to finance our research and educational programs.

For donations of 1000 Euro or more /year we will give you the unique possibility to join us a day on our research boat!

 

We have a German bank account at the GLS Bank, you can use the following details to transfer a donation:

Ocean Sounds e.V.
IBAN: DE35430609677033789900
BIC: GENODEM1GLS
GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG, Bochum, Germany

Address:
Ocean Sounds e.V. (VR721563)
c/o Ralf Ehret
Friedrichstr. 10
D-73663 Berglen
Germany

 

PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Ocean-sounds invites partnerships with people or ethical compatible companies who may wish to support the ongoing work of the center. This will enable increased focus on the essential research operations of our scientist, colleagues and students of marine biology.
To participate contact: info@ocean-sounds.com

 

Projects

FIELD WORK 2015

 

1) Whale & Dolphin Research and Conservation in Lofoten, Norway. April-October we do daily boat trips from Henningsvaer into the Vestfjord to study orcas and long-finned pilot whales and all other marine mammals.
We have already established a research project on the as behavior, identification and underwater communication of orca groups visiting us in the summer, especially in the Øksfjord (see article). This adds to our knowledge from earlier winter observation of orcas in northern Norway, which we have studied since 2003.
In addition we have studied long-finned pilot whales in the Vestfjord since 2006 and have over 400 individuals in our Photo ID catalog, and could identify more than 160 different call types. Long-finned pilot whales migrate every year to the Vestfjord and we investigate whether these groups are stable or fluctuate and whether their communication differs from other groups.
Since 2013 we further focus on the distribution & vocal behavior of Atlantic White sided Dolphins, we have no former knowledge about those animals!
Humpback whales, Minke whales, Sperm whales and Fin whales are also visitors to the Vestfjord in the summer time!
In summary, to understand these animals more research is needed, because we are only in the beginning of revealing their life and needs to survive!
If you want to donate for this project, call your donation: Whales Lofoten

 

2) Whale & Dolphin Research and Conservation in West Papua, Indonesia: after completing a pilot project in 2015, we are now planning a long-term research and conservation project in Raja Ampat. We need research money for travel, equipment, boat operation…
If you want to donate for this project, call your donation: Whales Raja Ampat

 

Since 2011 we cannot invite tourists on our boat trips anymore, because the laws for our boat has changed and we are not allowed to. This means a huge cut in our financial income, which makes donations and sponsorship ever more important.

Please take a few minutes and think about it, we hope you do care about Marine Mammals and their marine habitat and you would like to support our projects.

 

Thank you for your kind support,   

 

Heike Vester
(founder of OceanSounds)