CARIB Tails is an international research and outreach collaboration between NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and its Sister Sanctuary Program Partners — Agoa (French Antilles), Yarari (Caribbean Netherlands), the Domincan Republic and Bermuda’s  Marine Mammal Sanctuaries —together with UNEP’s Specially Protected Areas Wildlife (SPAW) Programme.


Our supporters bring our mission to life.  Together, we are protecting North Atlantic humpback whales and their ocean habitat for this and future generations.  Our supporters’ collective commitment, contributions and expertise are central to the success of CARIB Tails.

The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is one of 14 sites in a system of ocean & Great Lakes areas designated as having special national significance. That number includes 13 national marine sanctuaries and the Northwest Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument.



Agoa Marine Mammal Sanctuary encompasses the French Antilles’ Exclusive Economic Zone—almost 144,000 square kilometers—and includes the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy at the Caribbean's eastern edge. The sanctuary is named after “ Maï Agoa ”, the mother or spirit of the water in Amerindian mythology. Agoa sanctuary, created on October 27th 2012, is managed by the French Marine Protected Areas Agency (Agence des aires marines protégées). For more information please contact:  amandine.eynaudi@aires-marines.fr



Bermuda Marine Mammal Sanctuary was created by Ministerial Declaration in 2011 and covers the full extent of Bermuda’s Exclusive Economic Zone, a total of 173,889 sq. miles.  All marine mammals have been designated as protected species in Bermuda’s waters since the 1978 Fisheries (Protected Species) Order of 1978 (BR8/1978), issued under the 1972 Fisheries Act (1972:76).



Santuario de Mamíferos Marinos de la República Dominicana was the first Caribbean nation to establish a marine mammal sanctuary.  The Silver Bank Humpback Whale Sanctuary was created in 1986, and expanded in 1996 and 2004 to include Navidad Bank and part of Samana Bay, covering the three main humpback breeding grounds in Dominican waters.  Today the Dominican Republic’s sanctuary protects all marine mammals within its 19,438-square kilometer area.


Yarari Marine Mammal Sanctuary, designated in September 2015, is the fourth  Caribbean marine mammal sanctuary and includes the Caribbean Netherlands’ territorial waters of Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire (Kingdom of the Netherlands).  “Yarari” is a Caribbean Taino word meaning “fine place”. For more information please contact: Paul.Hoetjes@rijksdienstCN.com

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

Allied Whale houses the largest collection of information on photo-identified humpback whales in the world — the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalog (NAHWC).  Photo-ID is a technique that enables scientists to follow an individual whale anywhere it may travel throughout its life by comparing natural color patterns, fin shapes, and other distinguishing marks that appear in its photographs. Allied Whale researchers based at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine were among the first to successfully use this technique to study whales.

UNEP’s Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) was established in 1981 within the framework of its Regional Seas Programme.  The Countries of the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR) adopted a Caribbean Action Plan in 1981 that led to the development and adoption of the Cartagena Convention (1983). This Convention is the first and only regionally binding treaty of its kind for the protection of marine habitats in the wider Caribbean region. For more information please contact:  www.cep.unep.org


The UNEP Regional Coordination Unit based in Kingston (Jamaica) is in charge of the implementation of the CEP. It covers the Cartagena Convention’s three environmental protocols: land-based pollution (Land-based sources, LBS), hydrocarbon pollution (Oil spills), and specially protected areas and wildlife (SPAW).

The Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife’s Programme’s Regional Activity Center (SPAW-RAC) works under the aegis of the Regional Coordinating Unit for the United Nations Environment Programme in Kingston, to implement the SPAW protocol concerning the protection of marine and coastal biodiversity in the wider Caribbean region, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Caribbean Sea. For more information please contact:  anne.fontaine.carspaw@guadeloupeparcnational.fr



















Our sponsors provide monetary or in-kind contributions that support our mission and programming. By aligning our collective conservation priorities and environmental goals we are able to create greater combined reach and impact.

Aquatic Adventures specializes in eco-friendly expeditions to Silver Bank—the worlds largest mating & calving grounds of humpback whales in the Dominican Republic’s Marine Mammal Sanctuary.  They have been responsible for developing the soft-in-water encounter guidelines and are also responsible for improving whale watching guidelines annually.


Barefoot Yacht Charters, St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ (SVG) premier and longest-established Bareboat Yacht Charter company, is owned and operated by the Barnard family who have been sailing the waters of the Grenadines for 7 generations.  With a worldwide reputation for excellence, Barefoot is a member of the American Boat & Yacht Council and operates the only ASA sailing school in the SVG.


The Beldolph Foundation is a California based organization dedicated to the study and preservation of large marine mammals, primarily dolphins and whales. Beldolph provides grants to individuals and organizations whose activities support our goals and whose enthusiasm and creativity improve the survival and well-being of these animals.


Cetacean Society International (CSI) is an all-volunteer, non-profit conservation, education and research organization working on behalf of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and their marine environment. CSI has volunteer representatives in more than 20 countries and encourages non-lethal sustainable use of cetacean resources through such activities as whale watching worldwide.



Caribbean Compass is the free monthly publication that provides real news, real views and real insight into the Caribbean’s vibrant marine scene. The Compass is published by Compass Publishing Ltd and distributed at key locations throughout the Greater and Lesser Antilles island chain and Venezuela.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation is the leading charity dedicated to the protection of whales and dolphins.

Our vision is a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.

Our mission is to amaze people with the wonder of whales and dolphins and inspire global action to protect them.


S/V ZULU, a 54’ John Alden design yawl; owner, Eric. Johnson,

Nantucket USA and video crew provided sailing footage for safe boating video for “SAFE PASSAGE FOR HUMPBACK WHALES”.


We partner with other non-profits and key industry organizations to spread our mission across the North Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

Association Evasion Tropicale (AET) specializes in the study, identification and protection cetaceans and coordinates the management of marine mammal for the island of Guadeloupe.  Studies are conducted in conjunction Network (ECCN) and UNEP’s SPAW Protocol. with the Centre for Research on Marine Mammals (HHC), Eastern Caribbean Cetacean Network (ECCN) and UNEP’s SPAW Protocol.

Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) has studied and monitored the Gulf of Maine humpback whale population across its feeding range in both U.S. and Canadian waters and the West Indies over three decades.

The Gulf of Maine Humpback Whale Catalog, curated by CCS, is one of the most detailed and long-term studies of a baleen whale population that combines detailed data on individual’s life history, behavior, distribution, human impacts and laboratory studies such as molecular genetics.

Doyle’s Cruising Guide is a comprehensive cruising guide with useful information and good insight into all the main islands from a sailing and land based view, carefully compiled and includes excellent sections on weather and navigation as well as more general cruising information which any water-borne visitor will need to know when visiting the Windward Islands.  These isles include Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Tobago Cays, Palm Island, Union Island, PSV and Petite Martinique, Grenada, Carriacou.

Chris Doyle, a resident of Grenada, is a full time cruising guide author and spends over 6-months of the year sailing through the Caribbean.

Eastern Caribbean Cetacean Network (ECCN) is a regional volunteer organization that tracks sightings and strandings of whales and dolphins in the Eastern Caribbean (the Lesser Antilles). ECCN’s mission is to gain community support for the protection of resident and migratory whales and dolphins and their critical marine habitats. ECCN has been a primary contributor in the inception and development of the Action Plan for the Conservation of Marine Mammals (MMAP) of the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR) under the auspices of UNEP/SPAW.

Observatoire des Mammiferes Marins de l’ Archipel Guadeloupeen

(OMMAG) is a network made up of more than 180 observers that census humpback whales and their movements in the Guadeloupe archipelago including Les Saintes and La Destrade.

The Saba Conservation Foundation, is a non- governmental organization established in 1987 with a mission to preserve and manage Saba’s natural and cultural heritage, administers Saba Marine Park.

Sailors for the Sea is a leading conservation organization that engages, educates, inspires and activates the sailing and boating community toward healing the ocean.  Their pragmatic voice for action offers boaters tangible opportunities to create a legacy and make a difference.  Sailors for the Sea is a collective rallying cry for a community that loves and is passionate about protecting the ocean, wherein boaters are becoming catalysts for change.

Sea Saba Dive Center, established in 1981 as the island's first "dive shop, is a professional dive operation that works to protect Saba Marine Park to ensure this valuable resource remains for future generations.

SEA Semester

Sea Education Association (SEA) is a private, nonprofit educational organization and an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education.  SEA Semester prepares students through practical application, hands-on research, and personal experience to take a more active role in solving today’s environmental problems.


The Dolphin Fleet of Provincetown, MA pioneered whale watching on the US east coast in 1975   With the research collected on board the Dolphin Fleet well over 1,300 humpback whales have been identified while continuing a legacy of high marine education, research and ship board standards. A naturalist accompanies every cruise to serve as an interpretive guide to the ecology and natural history of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the Gulf of Maine humpback whales.

The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) is a nonprofit organization created to protect the natural environment and to promote sustainable management of natural resources on the six Dutch Caribbean islands.

The Dutch Caribbean consists of the Windward Islands of St. Maarten, Saba, St. Eustatius and the Leeward Islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao