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2018 ANNUAL REVIEW


KEEPING UP THE PRESSURE

OUR VISION IS A WORLD WHERE

EVERY

SAFE FREE WHALE AND DOLPHIN IS

In 2018, WDC celebrated its 30th anniversary – 30 years of protecting whales and dolphins from the threats that they face each and every day, none of which would have been possible without your support.   Your passion, energy and commitment never cease to amaze us. Financial support aside, you keep us going emotionally, motivating and inspiring us every day.   It’s not been an easy three decades, yet in 2018, as in every one of our 30 years, we were able to achieve real successes for whales and dolphins – some of which you can read about in the pages of this Annual Review – not least the creation of an ocean sanctuary for former captive beluga whales. The Klettsvik Bay sanctuary now has its first two inhabitants, Little White and Little Grey, and offers a model that gives us a real chance to bring an end to cruel whale and dolphin shows, while improving the welfare of these incredible creatures.   The coming years will not be easy either. Against an ongoing backdrop of climate change, dramatic new developments in political and economic landscapes, as well as the emergence of plastic pollution as another growing threat to the ocean’s inhabitants (and ultimately ourselves), we face great challenges in a rapidly changing world.   WDC will continue to use its presence around the globe to help develop solutions that counter threats to whales and dolphins, be that fighting for laws to protect them, helping to create ocean sanctuaries to end captivity, or establishing protected sea areas where they can feed, breed and raise their families in safety.   And, with your passion and support on our side, we will continue to protect whales and dolphins for the next 30 years.

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WE BELIEVE THAT WHALES AND DOLPHINS

HAVE RIGHTS

TO SWIM WHERE BOATS DON’T INJURE THEM TO SWIM WILD IN CLEAN, NATURAL, NOISE-FREE WATERS TO SWIM FREE AND NOT TO BE TRAPPED IN FISHING NETS TO BE FREE, NOT HELD CAPTIVE FOR HUMAN ENTERTAINMENT TO EXIST AS NATURE INTENDED, NOT AS HUMANS DECIDE TO LIVE, NOT TO BE HUNTED

IF YOU BELIEVE IN THESE RIGHTS

PLEASE HELP US

PASSION  e care deeply about whales and dolphins and W we share this passion with our supporters.

Chris Butler-Stroud (CEO, WDC)

30 YEARS OF PROTECTING WHALES AND DOLPHINS

 ur work is backed by robust research, science O and philosophy. We are the authority on whales and dolphins and the threats they face.

COURAGE

CONTENTS Stop whaling 4 Healthy seas 6 Death in nets 8 End captivity 10 Our vision 12

INTEGRITY

Partners and sponsors 14 It’s all thanks to you 16 Financial review 18 Thank you 19 Contacts 20

 e are not afraid to take on big business, W governments or industries whose actions harm whales and dolphins.

INCLUSIVENESS  DC does not work alone. Our supporters are W at the heart of what we do. We also work with other NGOs, communities and governments to achieve real protection for whales and dolphins.


WHY WE NEED WHALES AND DOLPHINS WDC HAS BEEN FIGHTING THE HUGE CHALLENGES THAT WHALES AND DOLPHINS HAVE FACED IN THE PAST 30 YEARS AND WILL CONTINUE TO FACE OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS. BUT WE ARE DETERMINED TO TACKLE THESE ISSUES WHEREVER AND WHENEVER WE CAN, NOT JUST BECAUSE WHALES AND DOLPHINS ARE INCREDIBLE, BUT BECAUSE ...

WHALES PLAY A VITAL

HUMANS HAVE KILLED

ROLE IN THE HEALTH OF OUR PLANET AND HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIFE AND FREEDOM

MILLIONS OF WHALES, WIPING OUT UP TO 90% OF SOME POPULATIONS

WHALES PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN

THE MARINE ECOSYSTEM FEW PEOPLE, LET ALONE GOVERNMENTS, ARE AWARE THAT RECOVERING WHALE POPULATIONS CAN HELP FIGHT THE DAMAGE WE CAUSE.

PROVIDE UP TO 50% OF OUR OXYGEN

COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

SUSTAIN FISH STOCKS

WHALE POO IS A BRILLIANT FERTILISER FOR MICROSCOPIC PLANTS CALLED PHYTOPLANKTON. PHYTOPLANKTON ABSORBS CARBON FROM THE ATMOSPHERE – MILLIONS OF TONNES OF IT.

LIKE US, WHALES AND DOLPHINS ARE INTELLIGENT BEINGS, CAPABLE OF EXPERIENCING PLEASURE OR SUFFERING PAIN. SO WE THINK THEY DESERVE TO HAVE THEIR RIGHTS RECOGNISED IN LAW JUST AS WE DO. WHEN THESE RIGHTS ARE RECOGNISED, WHALING WILL NO LONGER BE ALLOWED, AND NO HUMAN WILL BE ABLE TO OWN A WHALE OR DOLPHIN, OR CAUSE THEM DELIBERATE HARM.

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STOP

WDC continues to FIGHT HARD on this crucial issue

WHALING

DESPITE AN INTERNATIONAL BAN on commercial whaling, a few countries continue to hunt by exploiting loopholes that enable them to make money from selling meat and body parts for things like pharmaceuticals and health supplements, in pet food, or served to tourists as a ‘traditional dish’. Around 50,000 whales have been killed since the ban came into effect in the 1980s, with Japan, Iceland and Norway the main culprits. Slaughtering whales has a devastating impact on the whale communities left behind. It is cruel and pointless.

BBC TV presenter and WDC supporter, Michaela Strachan

 here is no humane way to kill T a whale at sea.  Whales already face many hazards each and every day, and whaling is a further, wholly unnecessary threat to their populations.  Low demand means vast amounts of the meat from hunts is kept in frozen stockpiles. WDC continues to fight whale hunting by lobbying and campaigning. We battle to keep the ban in place, to investigate and expose this cruel trade, to prevent new markets for whale products opening up, and to reduce the numbers of whales being slaughtered.


Our exposure of Norwegian minke whale hunt report figures

REACHED

SUCCESSES IN

2018

NATIONAL MEDIA

Following pressure from WDC, Radisson

REM VED WHALE MEAT from its menus in Iceland

WDC’s anti-whaling team attended the meeting of the International Whaling Commission, the body that regulates whale hunting, to highlight the dangers of the Japanese government’s plans to remove international whaling ban.

EXPLODING GRENADE HARPOONS CAN TAKE UP TO

25 minutes TO KILL WHALES

KEY AREAS OF OUR WORK INCLUDE:

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Fighting to stop whaling in Europe, Japan and around the world by representing whales at international meetings (such as the International Whaling Commission), and cutting supply routes to reduce the number of whales being slaughtered.

publicising the fact that exploding grenade harpoons take up to 25 minutes to kill whales, and so putting pressure on whalers at the International Whaling Commission meeting.

Tireless work from our team at the international CITES meeting (the body that regulates trade in endangered species) helped convince members of the Convention that Japan´s trade in sei whales hunted in international waters was illegal and the Japanese government has been

THE PLANS WERE VOTED D WN

OFFICIALLY or face sanctions

Our campaign pressurising the EU to use trade talks to convince the Japanese government to stop killing whales resulted in almost 270,000 people across Europe signing our petition. Many members of the EU Parliament then raised their concerns about closer trade relations with Japan. Despite the trade deal and trade in going ahead, the EU whale products Parliament has now

CALLED FOR AN END TO JAPAN’S WHAL NG

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Reducing demand for whale meat by, for example, dissuading tourists who may otherwise be tempted to try the meat, and highlighting the health risks around its consumption.

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Educating communities about whale watching as a financial alternative to hunting.

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CREATING

SUCCESSES IN

2018

HEALTHY SEAS

With input from WDC’s team at the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) summit, 130 governments of the world have now agreed to steps to help identify important areas for whales and dolphins, leading to the creation of

MARINE PR TECTED AREAS

We need to protect the places whales and dolphins call home

(MPAs)

Following WDC’s campaign to get the Scottish government to create more protected areas,

FOUR NEW MPAs

have now been agreed. WDC originally proposed three of the sites that include Risso’s dolphins and minke whales, and presented

36,000

“Save the WHALES and we can SAVE OURSELVES”

signatures and scientific evidence to the government.

We have also played a major part in the identification and implementation of

PR TECTIVE MEASURES AND OCEAN ZONES

JULIA BRADBURY TV presenter and WDC patron

(aka Important Marine Mammal Areas or IMMAs) in the Indian Ocean and extended Southern Ocean around Antarctica.

KEY WORK ON MARINE-PROTECTED AREAS

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Using national and international agreements, WDC works with global bodies and governments to recommend and help designate protected areas in the places that whales and dolphins need them most.

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We carry out scientific studies to identify whale and dolphin habitats leading to protected areas all over the world. We work with local communities to help monitor protected areas and ensure they are effective.


TO PROTECT whales and dolphins from the threats they face, we must work together to protect more of the places where they live. This is a huge task but also a vital one – 70% of the Earth’s surface is water, yet only just over 5% of the ocean is currently protected. By protecting the marine environment, we also benefit the whole planet and humankind. Save the whales and we can save ourselves. HEALTHY OCEANS, HEALTHY PLANET Whales help to counter climate change through their waste. Whale poo feeds microscopic plants and these phytoplankton remove billions of tonnes of carbon from the earth’s atmosphere,

a function which is particularly urgent in an era of soaring emissions. Healthy oceans need whales and dolphins. They play a key role in the marine ecosystem, where they help to provide up to 50% of our oxygen, and they also sustain fish stocks. One way of creating healthy seas is by establishing marine protected areas, or MPAs. These are stretches of ocean where harmful activities such as oil and gas exploration and certain types of fishing might be restricted. In some cases, ships are required to slow down. These MPAs can be close to shore or far from land on the high seas. WDC is helping to create some of the most important protected areas the world has seen.

50% THE AMOUNT OF OXYGEN PRODUCED BY THE PLANET'S OCEANS

70% OF THE EARTH'S SURFACE IS WATER

BUT THE PERCENTAGE OF THE WORLD'S OCEANS CURRENTLY PROTECTED IS ONLY

5%

The growing threat of plastic pollution in the ocean


BYCATCH IS THE BIGGEST GLOBAL THREAT TO WHALES AND DOLPHINS, PUSHING SOME SPECIES TO THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION

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PREVENT DEATH IN NETS WDC works with science and industry to reduce deaths in nets

HUNDREDS OF thousands of whales and dolphins die every year when they become entangled in fishing nets and gear. Known as ‘bycatch’, it is the biggest global threat to whales and dolphins, and it has pushed some species and populations to the brink of extinction.

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KEY WORK ON DEATH IN NETS

We team up with scientists and fishermen to find safer fishing methods, and support scientists to find solutions and technologies to help porpoises detect and avoid nets.

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WDC works with governments and scientists to reduce this threat and toughen up laws to stop dolphins, porpoises and whales dying in this way.

SUCCESSES IN

2018 Following our bycatch campaign and lobbying, UK Fisheries Minister George Eustice committed to create

This is a slow, painful death. When dolphins become entangled in nets, they can soon become trapped and then suffocate. Large whales often carry fishing gear with them for weeks or months before they die.It’s a big welfare concern, and those that escape can suffer terrible injuries.

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We campaign to save species that have been driven to the brink of extinction by entanglement.

We initiated a project with fisheries and other partners to better understand entanglements in creel fisheries in Scotland and so work towards a

S LUTION TO THIS PROBLEM

In the US, WDC continued an

EDUCATION

PROJECT aimed at boat owners, encouraging them to locate and report entangled whales to the proper authorities in the US

A BYC TCH

INITIATIVE which WDC is in the early stages of helping to shape

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END

In 2018 WDC continued work to bring about the first ocean sanctuary for whales and dolphins, but many still live desperate lives in captivity

IT SEEMS INCREDIBLE that we are still keeping whales and dolphins in small tanks and making them perform tricks for our entertainment. For an individual who is used to swimming many miles every day, a tank is like a prison cell. Yet around 3,000 whales and dolphins are held in aquaria, zoos and marine parks globally. They are highly intelligent and live in complex social groups in the wild.

WDC is working to create a better future for these amazing creatures. We are concentrating efforts on three key areas that we believe will ultimately bring an end to this cruel practice.

We help stop the supply of whales and dolphins to captive facilities by putting pressure on governments to ban the capture of wild whales and dolphins.

KEY WORK TO END CAPTIVITY WDC is creating sea sanctuaries where whales and dolphins held in captivity can be relocated to live more natural lives if they cannot be returned to the wild.

We’re helping to end the demand for whale and dolphin shows by running campaigns to make tourists and tour operators aware of the cruelty they are encouraging when they visit or promote marine parks that hold whales and dolphins captive.

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CAPTIVITY IS CRUEL 1

IT IS STRESSFUL

IN CONFINEMENT, WHALES AND DOLPHINS BECOME STRESSED, SWIMMING ENDLESSLY IN CIRCLES, STAYING ON THE FLOOR OF THE TANK FOR MANY HOURS,

CHEWING ON THE SIDES OF THE POOL AND THEN REPEATING THE SAME PATTERNS OF BEHAVIOUR OVER AND OVER.

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TAKEN FROM THEIR FAMILIES

IN THE WILD MOST WHALES AND DOLPHINS LIVE IN COMPLEX FAMILY GROUPS. LIFE IN AN AQUARIUM

3

SHORTER LIVES

ON AVERAGE WHALES AND DOLPHINS DIE YOUNGER WHEN KEPT IN CAPTIVITY THAN IN THE WILD.

CAN MEAN SEPARATION FROM THEIR FAMILIES, AND EVEN BEING KEPT ALONE.

SUCCESSES IN

2018 AFTER YEARS OF OPPOSITION and campaigning by WDC, in 2018 Vancouver Aquarium in Canada announced it would end its display of captive whales and dolphins. A bill to end captivity (banning capture of whales and dolphins and breeding in captivity) also progressed through the Canadian government. 2018 saw the official launch of the world’s first open water sanctuary for beluga whales, a project we have been working on for many years. Created in partnership with

WDC, the SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary in Iceland is one of the biggest developments in captive whale and dolphin care and protection in decades, and the first of its kind to be created for whales and dolphins. It is hoped the project will help to encourage the rehabilitation of more captive whales into natural environments in the future, and one day bring an end to whale and dolphin entertainment shows.

Klettsvik Bay in Iceland, home to the SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary WDC is also supporting other sanctuary projects, such as the Whale Sanctuary Project in North America and a dolphin sea refuge in Italy. We continued our campaign to persuade airlines not to transport dolphins caught in the brutal Taiji dolphin hunts in Japan, and in 2018 Swiss World Cargo committed to not carrying

live whales and dolphins taken in the hunts and sold to marine parks. Our campaign to make tour operators aware of the cruelty they are encouraging when they visit or promote marine parks holding whales and dolphins captive continues. More than 300,000 of you signed our petition and in 2018, Thomas Cook finally announced that it would stop selling tickets to SeaWorld and Loro Parque. 2018 WDC 11


OUR VISION


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Rugby World Cup winner Eloise Blackwell joined us in our aim to secure a safe future for New Zealand dolphins

PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS Working TOGETHER to help keep whales and dolphins SAFE AND FREE IN 2018, WDC was delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with a range of new brands, businesses and famous faces who share our passion for protecting whales and dolphins and our oceans. We were also extremely fortunate to have the continued support of our long-term partners and well-known supporters all over the world. In a year that brought new challenges for whales and dolphins – including Japan’s decision to leave the International Whaling Commission and

resume commercial whaling – as well as devastating stories of whales and dolphins dying as a result of plastic pollution, our partnerships and collaborations have been instrumental in WDC’s successes. Our partners not only help WDC to raise vital funds that support our work to keep whales and dolphins safe and free but also assist us in spreading the word about our campaigns, including our call to #StopBloodyWhaling and our efforts to secure a safe future for New Zealand dolphins.

JOINING FORCES TO

END CAPTIVITY THANKS TO THE GAMERS

2018 saw hugely significant contributions from long-term WDC partners such as The Yogscast, SEGA and Humble Bundle, whose continued financial support for our captivity work has provided vital funds for our expert captivity team over the last few years. WDC received our biggest ever partner donation of almost $680k

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in 2018 courtesy of Humble Bundle and its amazing community, as part of its Charity of the Month programme. This not only helped to support The Beluga Sanctuary but also provided a much-needed boost to our wider captivity work and Tour Operators campaign – working to ensure that, as we did for Little White and Little Grey, we can

WDC patron Jerome Flynn and the lucky winners ‘beyond the wall’ in Iceland


Benjamin Zephaniah was one of a number of WDC’s influential supporters who called on governments around the world to #StopBloodyWhaling in 2018

WDC is lucky to work with a wide range of partners from different countries, representing different sectors and industries, including the video games industry, the travel and insurance sectors, the worlds of entertainment and content creation, and fashion and retail. We are also supported by some fantastic and innovative companies who are working, through their businesses, to help tackle issues faced by whales and dolphins – particularly the increasing threat of ocean plastic pollution.

Throughout 2018 our partners have engaged their staff to tackle plastic pollution through WDC’s #UrbanBeachClean programme, brought in plastic-reduction strategies in their offices and stores, fundraised to support WDC’s conservation work and encouraged their customers, communities and fans to support WDC in many different ways. In what was a challenging year, we continue to be surprised and humbled by the amazing support we receive from our partners and their shared dedication to WDC’s mission.

ensure a safe future for the 3,000 whales and dolphins held in captivity all over the world.

and go on a special whale watching trip. The competition raised over $40k for WDC and the lucky winners, Sandrine and Sébastien, joined

A TRIP TO THE LAND OF ICE AND FIRE

WDC patron and Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn was instrumental in helping WDC to raise awareness and funds for our captivity work – running a special competition with WDC and our partner, Prizeo, which gave fans the chance to win a trip to Iceland with Jerome to visit iconic locations from the show

THE BELUGA SANCTUARY:

A WORLD FIRST 2018 marked a huge milestone for WDC and our partners, The SEA LIFE Trust, when we shared with the world our plans to build the world’s first whale sanctuary. Our partners and celebrity supporters rallied to help make this project a reality, and in 2019 we welcomed inaugural residents Little White and Little Grey – two wild caught belugas who have spent the last 10 years living in an aquarium in China – to The SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary. Truly game-changing achievements like the

sanctuary only happen through the shared vision and dedication of multiple partners, each of whom are able to bring their unique expertise and support to the project. Without the unwavering commitment of our partners, this world first would quite simply not have happened, so we are incredibly grateful to Merlin Entertainments and The SEA LIFE Trust for being with us on this incredible journey. The sanctuary marks the beginning of the end of captivity.

Little White and Little Grey, the first residents of The SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary in Iceland

Jerome and WDC for a once-ina-lifetime journey ‘beyond the wall’, which also included a rather special encounter with an orca family and a sperm whale off Iceland’s west coast.

#WhaleHelloPlane – The specially commissioned Cargolux plane that flew Little White and Little Grey to their new ocean home

HOME TO THE OCEAN

WDC was also incredibly lucky to work in partnership with Luxembourg-based cargo airline Cargolux during 2018. Our expert transport partner for The SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary flew Little White and Little Grey on their epic journey from Shanghai to their new ocean home in Iceland. Cargolux generously agreed to sponsor the flight from China to Iceland, transporting these two special passengers safely to the sanctuary.

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It’s all thanks to you Our incredible supporters have done amazing things in 2018 RIGHT NOW, THERE ARE whales and dolphins who are safe and free because of you, our brilliant supporters. All the victories in this Review have been won because of the passionate people who donate their time, their energy and their money to WDC. Individually and collectively, you inspire and motivate us – and you fund every piece of work we do. We wouldn’t be here to fight for whales and dolphins if it wasn’t for you, and whales and dolphins are lucky to have you on their side!

You provide vital support through whale and dolphin adoptions, you play our raffles, sign our petitions, give to our appeals, share our campaigns on social media and write letters and emails to decision-makers to bring about change. You run, walk, swim, cycle and so much more for WDC – and together we will create a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free. Here we celebrate just a few of the amazing people who have gone the extra mile (or 100 miles) for whales and dolphins.

RYAN AND HIS DOG, DYLAN During probably the hottest summer on record, 11-year-old Ryan Wood from Scotland set out to walk 100 miles over the course of a month with his best friend, Dylan the labrador. Accompanied at times by his mum and friends with their dogs, Ryan was determined to finish the walk. He raised £740.34. We are so impressed with both of them – a big round of a-paws!

DOM DESMOND Ever since Dom started his business, Critically Endangered Socks, he has been a passionate supporter of our work and a brilliant advocate, helping to publicise our campaign to save New Zealand dolphins with his M ui socks. Dom gives us £1 for every pair of these adorable socks that he sells. He has also provided prizes for our competitions and raffles and promoted our work on his social media channels. Like the endangered creatures Dom loves and wants to help save from extinction, his designs are limited editions so once they’re gone, they’re gone. Thank you to Dom and to all our varied and wonderful artisan partners.


OUR PROMISE TO

YOU

JOELLE DAVIES AND MATT COOMBS Joelle grew up in the Caribbean, seeing whales and dolphins all the time. Now, every Tuesday, she goes swimming early in the morning before heading into the WDC office to work as a volunteer. Joelle decided she’d like to try open-water swimming and take on the famous Swim Serpentine challenge to raise money for WDC. She persuaded her swimming buddy Matt Coombs to join her and they were elated to complete a half-mile swim. Joelle and Matt raised £1,220 between them.

ROSIE CARR Rosie Carr from Northumberland asked colleagues to bring in a photo of themselves as a baby, so that she could hold a Guess-the-Baby competition in support of WDC. She then decided to conquer her fear of heights by taking on the zip wire and high ropes at Go Ape, raising a heady £177.

JACOB AND FINLEY BULLOCH Eight-year-old Jacob and his brother Finley (15), from Bracknell, cycled the 100 miles of the South Downs Way in two days, raising an incredible £825 for whales and dolphins. Their proud mum said, ‘The boys set off at 6 am on Saturday from Winchester and did an awesome 50 miles. After a night's camping and another early start they completed 50 more miles and finished in Eastbourne. I am very pleased that they chose to support WDC and I think they would also like to adopt Mischief the dolphin.’ A massive well done and thank you to Jacob and Finley. KATIE REES Katie wanted to raise awareness and funds with her 870-mile walk from Chester to Chepstow along the Welsh coast. She said, ‘2018 is Wales’ Year of the Sea. I am walking the coastline of my home country to add my voice to the many that are working to save and protect whales and dolphins, and hopefully inspire others to speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves. I am also joining efforts to keep the Welsh coastline clean by carrying out beach cleans every weekend on my way around.’ Katie raised a tremendous £456.

We appreciate your support and value every single one of you. In return for your passion and commitment, this is our promise to you. We will: • Administer your donation efficiently, putting your gift to work quickly. • Use your donation carefully and responsibly. • Where you have donated to a particular project, respect your wish to allocate your donation to that project. • Thank you for your support and let you know what your donations have made possible. • Make the best use of our income by carrying out projects that have a demonstrable, positive impact on the lives of whales and dolphins. • Ensure that your personal details and donations are kept securely, and never share your personal data with other organisations. • Abide by the Institute of Fundraising Codes of Fundraising Practice (and any subsequent legislation) and ensure that all our activities are open and fair, honest and legal. • Communicate with you in the ways that you prefer and, if these change, adapt them to suit your needs. • Acknowledge any queries and complaints within three working days, and respond fully within 10 working days. • Never put any pressure on you to make a donation.

JENNIE BAYLISS Dorset-based life coach Jennie wanted to do something memorable for her 60th birthday and decided to walk 400 miles in 34 days along the South West Coast Path, raising funds for five charities that mean a lot to her. Jennie’s supporters could track her route online and meet her at various points for meditation sessions. Jennie raised an inspiring £669 for WDC and £4,000 in total for her five charities. 2018 WDC 17


FINANCIAL REVIEW WE ARE DELIGHTED to report an increase in income of £1,275,253 to £5,128,172 in 2018 (2017: £3,852,919). This is due primarily to excellent results from partnership fundraising income, which increased to £1,564,843 (2017: £390,729). Charitable expenditure in the year amounted to £2,963,858 (2017: £2,965,079) a small decrease of less than 0.1% from last year. Charitable spend continues to be matched to budgeted regular donation income expected during the year.

£734,781 of the income recognized in 2017/18 had not been received by year end, as it related to legacies that had not distributed all funds, or was receivable from corporate partnerships. Despite the increase in income, we only commit to spend when funds are received, thus explaining the slight decrease in charitable expenditure. The cost of generating funds has increased by 16.8% from £856,240 to £999,910. This year we undertook significant work to upgrade our

62p

How we spend each pound Fundraising

20p

5p

Merchandise, cafe, raffle and magazine Conservation and campaigns

4p 8p

Information and education Membership and adoption programmes Governance costs

Unrestricted funds

Restricted funds

Total funds

Total funds for 2017

£2,255,538

£176,443

£2,431,981

£2,445,213

Adoption programmes

£248,489

£248,489

£271,565

Information and education

£172,820

£172,820

£174,243

Membership

£69,535

£69,535

£39,660

Governance costs

£41,033

£41,033

£34,398

£2,787,415

£176,443

£2,963,858

£2,965,079

CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES Conservation and campaigns

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website, which was the main factor in the increase. In line with our strategy to increase funds, we have also invested in our income generating team. Additionally, our Trading activities incurred higher expenditure in the year but this resulted in increased income. The US subsidiary is showing net income of £123,295 in the year. The charity was the recipient of a large legacy which significantly increased income to £558,344. The US subsidiary carries a healthy net retained income into the current year to help with any fluctuations in donation income. The German subsidiary had net income of £43,494. Corporate fundraising in Germany had a good year, with a partnership with Brita contributing towards the positive net income. Income from individuals was higher than budget, with some new products that were tested last year continuing to be attractive to our supporters. The trading company had a satisfactory year, producing a surplus of £50,908, and we have taken the decision to extend the season of the Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay. The trustees regularly review the activities of the trading company and consider that it is useful to the charity, as it allows important activities to be undertaken which benefit the charitable objectives, but which may not be able to be undertaken by a charity. This is especially true as we expand our corporate activities, some of which can most effectively be done via this company.


Thank you all! WDC would like to thank all of our partners for their important support throughout 2018. We couldn’t do this without you. AFFILIATE PARTNERS • Triodos • Ecotricity • Evergreen • GRN • Recycling for Good Causes • Konfidence • Speyside Craft Brewery • The Whale Company • Give a Car • The Recycling Factory • Savoo • Charity Car UK AND INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS • 4Ocean • Alpha Insurance • BRITA • PADI • ORCA Design • Teemill • Humble Bundle • Animal Friends Insurance • MBNA • Elite Ecologistics • Off the Map Travel • eBay.co.uk • PayPal Giving Fund • Ethical Superstore • Fourth Element • Twitch

INFLUENTIAL SUPPORTERS • Chris Packham • Charlotte Crosby • Justin Long • Ke$ha

• Relic Entertainment • 11 Bit Studios • The Yogscast • 3d Computers • Auroch Digital • Codename Entertainment • Unknown Worlds • Perfect World Entertainment • Good Gifts • Merlin Entertainments • The Gaming Beaver • Stacey of Gotham • Wild Sky Productions • Prizeo • Clarity Environmental • SEGA Europe • Creative Assembly • Amplitude Studios • MAGIX • Mercury Learning • The Varsity Match • Wildlife Worldwide • Sky Ocean Rescue • Alliance Pharmaceuticals • SKC • Oaken Palace Records GERMANY • BRITA DACH (Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz) • BRITA Italy • BRITA France

• Dani Harmer • Dara McAnulty • Laura Crane • Jay McGuiness • Jahmene Douglas • BenjaminZephaniah

and Benelux • BRITA Turkey • Windströöm • Gretas Schwester • International Ocean Film Tour • Rewe Weich OHG • Sonnentor • Vaude • Kleen Kanteen • Patagonia • Langbrett • Baron de Sel • Denk-Keramik • Whaletrips (Oliver Dirr) TRUSTS AND GRANTS (UK) • Scottish Natural Heritage • Tethys Research Institute • The Steel Charitable Trust • The Panton Trust • Kilverstone Wildlife Charitable Trust • The Gordon & Ena Baxter Foundation • The Mackintosh Foundation • The Gaynor Cemlyn Jones Trust • Millenium Oak Trust • Miss Joyce Cater Charitable Trust

• Helen Glover MBE • Stacey Waaka • Eloise Blackwell • Lydia Bright • Heather Mills

• The Maud Beattie Murchie Charitable Trust • The P & C Hickinbotham Charitable Trust • The St. Mary’s Charity • The Ratcliff Foundation TRUSTS AND GRANTS (GERMANY) • Radlmayr-Stiftung • Postcode Lotterie • Patagonia Environmental Grant CORPORATE PARTNERS (US) • Allstate Giving Campaign • Amazon Smile • American Express Employee Giving Program • A Estes Art • Benevity • Brewers Marina Bay • Cape Clasp • Captain John Whale Watching • Cars, Inc • Cisco Brewers • Design by Witt • Franklin Templeton Investments

• Laurent Baheux • Marc Riley • Tam Halls PATRONS • Jerome Flynn

• Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises • In the Wild Productions • Chris Hamilton • JustGive • k-25 Towel • Kamibashi • My Buena Vida • Nantucket Whaler Trading Co • PayPal Giving Fund • Pura Vida • The Riviera Towel Company • Sakroots • SEGA • Systems Marine, Inc • Ternua • Theresa LaBrecque • The Unitarian Church of Barnstable • West Marine TRUSTS AND FOUNDATIONS (US) • Acton Family Giving • Craigslist Charitable Fund • European Outdoor Conservation Association • Fidelity Charitable • Gift Fund • The GE Foundation • IBM International Foundation

•  Miranda Krestovnikoff • Michaela Strachan • John Craven • Julia Bradbury • Monty Halls

• The Jessica Rekos Foundation • The Karp-Haahr Family Fund • The Kathryn Davis Grado Foundation • National Marine Sanctuary Foundation • Patagonia Foundation(US) Thank you to all our donors and supporters who wish to remain anonymous. We’d also like to say a special ‘thank you’ to all of WDC’s dedicated patrons, ambassadors and high profile supporters. Their passionate advocacy for our conservation efforts helps us to reach new audiences with information about our vital conservation efforts and our ongoing campaigns – including 2018’s #StopBloodyWhaling campaign.

AMBASSADORS • Philip Hoare • Andrew Sutton • James Schall • Natalie Fox (Ocean Plastics Ambassador)

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