In 2020, we will be launching Dolphin Fleet’s 45th whale watch season continuing a legacy of high marine education, research and ship board standards. With the most experienced whale watch captains and naturalists in the region, we invite you to join us as we initiate our new and expanded interactive programs.
The Dolphin Fleet family has been committed to promoting responsible whale watching since 1975. Steven Milliken, a long time captain and the owner of the Dolphin Fleet has participated in the development of guidelines for the Northeast region and designed a captains training program to safely work around whales in their natural habitat and shared the program with NOAA and the SBNMS for it’s consideration. Captain Milliken has served on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Committee (SAC) for over 20 years. He has partaken in many working groups world wide to contribute towards safer whale watching and educational practices for the better understanding of the marine life that is encountered.
The founder of our Research and Education department, the late Dr. Carlson, was one of the core scientist for over 40 years that worked on research and the educational aspects with Dolphin Fleet and a world authority on whale watching. She served on the Whale watch Sub-Committee of the International Whaling Commission and had led several international workshops on whale watching. She worked in the USA, Iceland, Caribbean region and South America with government and stakeholders to establish rules for whale watching that are respectful to whales and the marine environment. She continued her work with Dolphin Fleet and her commitment to the whales and the environment until her passing in 2017.