GMR was launched in June, 2021 although the people associated with GMR have been conducting research in Geographe Bay for over three decades. GMR is a company limited by guarantee and is registered as a charity and has Deductible Gift Recipient status from the Australian Tax Office as an Approved Research Institute.

Geographe Marine Research’s mission is to promote the conservation of whales and their environment through targeted world-class research that is conducted in the southwest of Australia. GMR does this through engaging citizen scientists, which are trained members of the general public, as part of a collaboration with GMR’s professional scientists. GMR supports conservation management through community awareness and education, communication of research findings across a range of media, and through representation on scientific and government panels.

GMR has a highly qualified research committee to oversee and guide research on marine mammals (and their habitat) that frequent the West Australian coast. GMR continues to develop its systems and procedures that supports its researchers and citizen scientists, and to foster new collaborations with other research organisations.

We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and our work is funded through fundraising activities, grants, memberships and donations from supporters worldwide.

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