WHALEFORCE is only as good as its members. The feature of today's yachting community is that it has literally 1,000's of motivated, interested and capable people cruising the oceans of the world. Many of these people are part of the 'Grey Revolution'. They are fit, well educated, reasonably well off, and most often looking for a worth while cause in which to participate.
It is this group of people that WHALEFORCE will recruit as their members.
WHALEFORCE will also involve the international and costal yacht racing and rally community. Every year like minded yachtsmen join rallies which are basically organized cruises on specified routes. WHALEFORCE is already in discussions with Blue Water Rallies Limited for the inclusion of WHALEFORCE in the 2007-2009 Circumnavigation Rally. This will mean that the same group of yachts will travel completely around the world and be making consistent cetacean observations for the WHALEFORCE data base. We are also pursuing participation in rallies in the Atlantic, Pacific and southern oceans as well as races in the Atlantic and Pacific.
Yacht Marinas will also be pursued to promote membership in WHALEFORCE. This will be done by the Ambassador boats.
Members will receive a Training Package, access to the data entry and reporting on the WHALEFORCE Web Page. If the members are part of a Rally or Race a CEI organizer will visit the start of the event where a training session will be provided.
Members will also have access to Software developed by CEI for Whale Identification. This software will be based on CyberTracker (http://www.cybertracker.co.za/index.html). CEI has been actively using this innovative software for over four years.
To identify members of their WHALEFORCE yacht will fly the WHALEFORCE Burgee. This is anticipated to provide significant promotion to the project as a whole and be one of the main ways of recruiting new members.
Finally the new members will sustain the project.
WHALEFORCE members are identified by flying the distinctive WHALEFORCE burgee. Membership included:
1. A WHALEFORCE burgee
2. A set of WHALEFORCE 'Quick Cards' to assist with whale, porpoise and dolphin identification
3. Access to the WHALEFORCE data reports including a quarterly newsletter (hard copy or electronic)4. Access to WHALEFORCE training seminars
The responsibility of WHALEFORCE membership is that you conscientiously report all whale, dolphin and porpoise sightings an a regular basis to CEI. This is the only way the data base will expand to the point where the data is meaningful and population estimates can be made.