Surfers for Cetaceans
I write this letter on the Raglan West Bridge alongside two hundred other concerned coastal people...
Led by Kiwi’s Against Seabed Mining (KASM) we walked silently through the streets of downtown Raglan holding signs of community opposition to proposed iron ore seabed mining in New Zealand’s coastal waters. We stand to show our concern for mining’s impact on New Zealand’s precious natural resources, including the critically endangered Maui’s Dolphin.
SurfSister recently featured an article entitled TransparentSea Voyage, for those unaware of the purpose of the TransparentSea voyage is an awareness campaign aimed at highlighting coastal environmental issues, with particular attention given to cetaceans (whales and dolphins) and the waters they inhabit. The first journey (Byron Bay to Bondi, Australia, 2009) successfully highlighted the plight of humpback whales and the threat faced by Japanese whaling fleets. The second (California, October, 2011) traced the southern migration of the California Grey Whale from Santa Barbara to Baja, Mexico with an emphasis on engaging key coastal community groups and drawing awareness to the causes they support.
Surfer/ Environmental Scientist Lauren Hill is the only woman sailing for the entire month long trip, but several other Australian and British women are serving crucial roles as support crew.
Lauren Lindsey Hill is a uniquely diverse and stylish surfer , writer, and perpetual student who hails from St. Augustine, Fl.
Though Lauren's grace and natural surfing talent has afforded her many titles in the world of competitive long boarding, she went on to earn degrees in Environmental and Social Science. She has been published academically on the intersections of surfing, sustainability, and gender issues. Her work and activism continue to revolve around marine conservation and gender as they relate to surfing culture. Lauren is passionate about helping to create a more open-minded, sustainable, and egalitarian surf culture (and world).
Committed to activating ocean-minded people everywhere to support the conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and marine life. It's through compassion, awareness, education, media and dedicated interventions that we will accomplish this goal. We seek to be a human voice for and defender of cetaceans worldwide.
S4C Mission Statement
Surfers For Cetaceans is an Australian based volunteer non profit group which aims to mobilize surfers and ocean crew worldwide against the harassment, capture and killing of cetaceans and other marine mammals, and for coastal and marine conservation.
S4C aims to spread the wisdom and joy of cetaceans through compassion, awareness, education, media campaigns and dedicated interventions. S4C seeks to be an unequivocal voice and defender for our ocean kin.