We use cutting-edge science
to save whales and dolphins

Welcome! We’re Oceans Initiative.

Founded by Erin Ashe and Rob Williams, we are a team of scientists on a mission to protect marine life, including whales, dolphins, sharks, salmon & seabirds, in the Pacific Northwest & beyond.

Like the whales we study, we are highly migratory. We spend half our time getting our feet wet in the field, wherever our work is needed, but the other half is spent using our science to inform smart decisions to conserve wildlife. Get to know us.

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