Whale Reporter Recognition Program



Celebrating outstanding cetacean reporters

Government & Marine Industry

Citizen Scientists

Ecotourism Operators

ENGO & Research

About the Whale Reporter Recognition Program

Celebrating Outstanding Cetacean Reporters

The Whale Reporter Recognition Program acknowledges the outstanding citizen scientists who report their sightings of cetaceans to the British Columbia Cetacean Sightings Network (BCCSN). These sightings support numerous research and conservation initiatives in BC and Washington State.

Your Sightings Protect Whales

By sharing cetacean sightings, BCCSN reporters help protect whales by supporting a variety of research, management, and conservation initiatives. Using these citizen-provided reports, the BCCSN can better understand how at-risk cetacean species use our coastal waters and evaluate the health of these populations. It also allows us to contribute to effective conservation solutions including helping to inform the establishment of marine protected areas, identifying areas of high risk for cetaceans, and guiding targeted outreach and mitigation efforts. Finally, sighting reports help to create safer waters for cetaceans and sea turtles. Reports submitted into the BCCSN’s WhaleReport app are used to inform the WhaleReport Alert System (WRAS). The WRAS alerts Captains and Pilots of large commercial vessels about whales in their vicinity to reduce the risk of vessel strike and disturbance.

Top Reporters – 2019

The BCCSN sincerely appreciates the effort and dedication demonstrated by every one of our cetacean reporters in support of cetacean conservation. Starting with the 2019 calendar year, we will annually recognize reporters that stand out as exceptionally dedicated and consistent. The BCCSN would like to recognize the following dedicated reporters for their high number of submitted sightings in 2019.

Our Top Reporters receive media exposure, a Top Reporter certificate, an award in the form of window and e-decals to demonstrate their status publicly, and exposure here on the BCCSN’s WildWhales website.  

Congratulations to the BCCSN’s Top Whale Reporters for 2019:

(listed by alphabetical order)

Government & Marine Industry

  • BC Coast Pilots
  • BC Ferries
  • Black Ball Transport
  • Canadian Coast Guard
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Pacific Provider Salmon
  • Transport Canada – National Aerial Surveillance Program Pacific


  • Bluewater Adventures
  • Eagle Wing Tours
  • Five Star Whale Watching
  • Jamie’s Whaling Station
  • Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge
  • Ocean Light II Adventures
  • Prince of Whales
  • Vancouver Island Whale Watch
  • Vancouver Whale Watch

ENGO & Research 

  • Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
  • Cetus Research and Conservation Society
  • Raincoast Conservation Foundation
  • Salmon Coast Field Station
  • The Whale Interpretive Centre



      Financial support for the Whale Reporter Recognition Program has been provided by the following organizations.