Welcome to ErichHoyt.com

I have spent most of my life working with whales and dolphins and other ocean creatures in more
than 50 countries. I have also worked in the rain forest — looking at ant societies and rain forest
ecosystems. I love new frontiers and I see my writing as a chance to explore the outer edges of

what we know about wild animals, the ocean and the Earth; to give a voice to these other lives;
and to try to shape in a positive way the human relationship to wild nature.

Please feel free to visit my blog or any of the other  links on this page. The books section gives
a preview of the books I have written, with reviews collected by my publishers. The downloads
page offers downloads of papers, articles, reports, poster-maps and whale and dolphin sounds.
See the talks page for more about the talks and presentations I give.

In 2016-17, following presentations at the Third International Conference on Marine Mammal
Protected Areas (ICMMPA 3) and the World Parks Congress, both in Australia, in November
2014, I am working with Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara (we co-chair the IUCN Marine Mammal
Protected Areas Task Force) and colleagues Mike Tetley, Simone Panigada and Kristin Kaschner,
to explore the use of a new tool called “Important Marine Mammal Areas”, or IMMAs. Whales and
dolphins and other marine mammals have largely been left out of habitat protection efforts in
national waters and on the high seas. The identification and mapping of IMMAs is urgently needed.
This effort will also lead to umbrella protection for a wide range of ocean species and habitats.

IMMAs will also provide checks on existing MPAs. Are they in the right place?

For more information about our IUCN Task Force, go here. This work is being coordinated
through the Critical Habitat MPAs Programme of WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation,
an international conservation group based in the UK, US, Germany, Australia and Latin America,
and through Tethys Research Institute.

                                                                                                                      — Erich Hoyt


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nature and the ocean through my twitter (https://twitter.com/ErichHoyt) and facebook pages
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*** You can buy signed copies of my books to be shipped worldwide from
http:/erichhoytbooks.com. All of my books are also available on the various Amazon and other

book sites.

April 2017. Completed work on new book on whales and dolphins (large format, heavily

illustrated, to be published by FIREFLY, same publisher as for Creatures of the Deep) in
October 2017.
If you are able to review it, please let me know by email and I will get you
an advance copy.

March 2017. 29 candidate Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) were nominated in
the vast Pacific Islands region for species such as sperm, humpback, minke and

melon-headed whales. See blog.

November 2016. 41 candidate Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) were nominated
in the Mediterranean for greater recognition as a marine mammal habitat. This pioneer

workshop is the first of a series that moves next to the South Pacific (March 2017), followed

by the Indian Ocean in 2018 and beyond. See blog.

October 2016. The Ross Sea gets protection! See blog.

October 2016. Our IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force held the first IMMA

workshop in Chania, Greece, hosting experts from most Mediterranean countries. This work

is sponsored by the MAVA Foundation with cooperation from Tethys Research Institute and

Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC).

*** New 2016 papers for free download:

on all white killer whales and on a new species of Baird’s beaked whale, go to
researchgate.net/profile/Erich_Hoyt on marine mammal spatial areas and

a new world map showing marine mammal areas: marinemammalhabitat.org

September 2016. Our IUCN Marine Mammal
Protected Areas Task Force
held a round table
discussion on ship strike issues.

June 2, 2016. Celebrating Whale Watching in
We had a full audience, good questions

and trading whale stories into the night...

January 2016. Important Marine Mammal Areas
were in the spotlight at the final
morning plenary session at the Society for
Marine Mammalogy biennial conference.
In 2016, in September and November, we have
planned further events at the IUCN World

Conservation Congress in Hawaii and the
ICMMPA 4 Conference in Puerto Vallarta,

Mexico which leads into the Convention on
Biological Diversity meetings also in Mexico at the end of 2016.

December 2015. Whales Through a New Lens by Erich Hoyt | Hakai Magazine.pdf was
named one of the “Ten Best” Hakai articles of the year. Check out this great new online
magazine at
http://www.hakaimagazine.com/series/ten-best-2015 . It is currently offered

free of charge.

November 2015. The secrets of whales and dolphins revealed. A blog with links to a story
about a legendary whale conference that happened 40 years ago in Indiana. It opened the
door to the study of wild whales and dolphins. Here’s a short recent CBC radio interview:
Erich_Hoyt_CBC_Radio_Intvw_7Oct15.wav reflecting on the conference, as well as the
Whales Through a New Lens by Erich Hoyt | Hakai Magazine.pdf.

October 2015. Orca Tour 2015 travelled to Washington State. I’ve written a new blog
reflecting on SeaWorld’s last stand in US waters, site of my recent talks.

September 2015. Orca Tour 2015 had 5 dates in the US Northwest and British Columbia.
More details here.

Posters from the first two talks on Oct. 3 (Saturna Island) and Oct 6 (Sidney):


August 2015. Another Russian Orca Capture — this time three orcas have been taken.
Read more on my blog.

August 2015. I have put some of my co-authored papers on killer whales, Baird’s beaked

whales, humpback whales, North Pacific right whales, whale watching and marine

protected areas on the researchgate page: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Erich_Hoyt

July 2015. Announcemen
t of the
Proceedings of the 3rd International
Conference on Marine Mammal
Protected Areas (ICMMPA 3) — now
available. At our ICMMPA steering
committee meeting in San Diego, we
began planning ICMMPA 4 for
Nov. 13-17, 2016, to be held in Puerto
Vallarta, México.
For more information,
downloads of past proceedings and

other information go to: icmmpa.org

March 2015. Humpback whales of the Russian Far East - Photo ID Catalog published by
Russian Geographical Society.
You can download a copy here: Каталог_горбачей 2014.pdf.

Free 2015 Orca Cal
endar from the Far East Russia Orca
Project (FEROP).

You can download the 2015 calendar (6 Mb) here:
FEROP Calendar 2015(2).pdf.  For more information and
updates about the Far East Russia Orca Project (FEROP),
please check out our
website, or join our facebook page.

Nov. 2014: The worldwide publication of the new,
expanded Creatures of the Deep
with all new state-of-the-art
photographs and new accounts of deep ocean discoveries.
Amazon and other sites have the book at discount. Convenient
links are below. Reviews from the current and previous
edition are

US: http://bitly.com/hoytcreaturesusa                    Germany: http://bitly.com/hoytcreaturesgermany      

Canada: http://bitly.com/hoytcreaturescanada       France: http://bitly.com/hoytcreaturesfrance

UK: http://bitly.com/hoytcreaturesuk                      Spain: http://bitly.com/creaturesespana

Japan: http://bitly.com/hoytcreaturesjapan            Italy: http://bitly.com/hoytcreaturesitaly

China: http://bitly.com/hoytcreatureschina             India: http://bitly.com/hoytcreaturesindia

May 2014: Nine Stop lecture tour to Northwest
US and Canada
— Most venues were sold out on
my 9-stop speaking tour in the Northwest US and
Canada with Donna Sandstrom and The Whale Trail.
Places included: Saturna Island, BC, Canada (May 3),
Port Townsend, Washington, USA (May 7), Port
Angeles, WA (May 8), Newport, Oregon (May 10),
San Francisco, CA (May 13), Monterey, CA (May 14),
Santa Cruz, CA (May 15), Seattle, WA (May 18), and
Vancouver, BC, Canada (May 20). There were
receptions in most places and ample Q and A time,
plus books, posters and other materials available for
sale. Some talks were free; others had a small charge.



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