Ocean Sounds is dedicated to the research of marine animals, public education, and conservation of the marine environment.
Ocean Sounds has its base in Henningsvaer, a small fishing village on the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway. Within the Arctic Circle, Henningsvaer clings to a group of islands in the Vestfjord. Henningsvaer is a small but active community with its history deep in the traditions of cod fishing, carried through to the present.
The idea of Ocean Sounds began to be realized in August 2005 by founder and biologist Heike Vester with the purpose of combining research with education and art.
1a. Ocean Sounds Research our own research focuses on the biology and vocal communication of killer whales, long-finned pilot whales and other whales and dolphins found in the waters off Lofoten Islands. Our research builds a foundation for an understanding and protection of this unique marine ecosystem.
We use our research results to give advice to government and organizations, create courses, projects and products.
1b. Cooperation Research we cooperate with other research institutes or environmental organizations (Max Planck Institute, SMRU, UiN, CIEP, IFAW, WWF, Bellona, Natur og Ungdom, film teams like the BBC…) and give them support or conduct research for them.
We also help our partners with our research knowledge, e.g. Norwegian Eco-tourism, the Lofoten Arctic Hotel, or Scientific tourism in Patagonia, Chile to introduce sustainable and responsible tourism.
2. Education we believe that research results should be accessible to the public, and should be used to educate students about marine animals and their fragile environment.
At our center we offer whale lectures & slide shows for the public as well as exhibitions.
Everybody can visit and learn about our work.
In addition, we offer University and School projects, lectures, courses and Bachelor and Master projects.
Currently we cooperate with the University of Nordland in Bodø in Norway, the Max Planck Institute and the University in Goettingen in Germany.
3. Art projects & events through art we try to build a bridge between the often dry and hard to swallow research results and the interest of people. In a creative way we want to introduce a deeper understanding of the complexity of the marine ecosystem and the human impact to trigger responsible behavior.
To do this we work directly with artists (e.g. music projects with our sounds recording from our research), invite artist to join our center with an exhibition or workshops and organize festivals.
4. Jobs our long-term goal is to be able to create enough income through our activities to provide interesting jobs in a remote northern community to reduce emigration and give young people an opportunity to express themselves.
Our cooperation with the University in Nordland will give us the possibility to recruit students/volunteers and create a place where students from all over the world can meet and exchange their ideas.
The cooperation with our other partners, e.g. the hotel, organizations and fish factory will open a variety of jobs that can be offered.
We need your support!
To maintain independence, Ocean Sounds bases most of its research on the support of private donations.
Please visit our donation page for details.
Or purchase our CD:
The Ocean Sounds CD contains unchanged sounds/”words” of Dolphins, Killer whales, Pilot whales, Sperm whales, Seals and Fish. It is a compilation of the best recordings of 6 years research. Order it from: Gruenrekorder.de .
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