The Fraser Coast region has over 20 years of established credentials in whale and marine mammal management and research. Hervey Bay is probably the best place in the world to conduct Whale research due to the fact that thousands of Whales pause their southbound migration in Hervey Bay to rest and help develop the skills for their young before continuing to the cold deep waters of the Antarctic.
Researchers Wally and Trish Franklin (Oceania Project) have been conducting humpback whale research in Hervey Bay since the late 1980’s. The whale research they have provided has formed the basis of many world leading research projects. The research, education, and conservation of whale and marine mammals reinforce the Fraser Coast’s position as Australia’s Whale Watching Capital.
The Oceania Project, established in 1988, is a Not-for-profit research and information organisation dedicated to the Marine Conservation and Protection of Whales, Dolphins and the Oceans. The first phase of a long-term study of Humpback Whales in Hervey Bay – 1992 to 2005 – has been the major work of The Oceania Project. This work was, and continues to be made possible, by individuals who participate in The Oceania Project’s Internship Program. To date more than 1500 Interns (paying eco-volunteers) have joined the Annual Whale Research Expeditions in Hervey Bay. For more information visit: www.oceania.org.au