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Community Sponsors:

Jacksonville Zoo

For 100 years, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has aimed to inspire the discovery and appreciation of wildlife through innovative experiences in a caring environment. Starting in 1914 with an animal collection of one red deer fawn, the Zoo now has more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 plants, boasting the largest botanical garden in Northeast Florida . The Jacksonville Zoo is a nonprofit organization and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


JU Marine Science Research Institute

The Jacksonville University Marine Science Research Institute (MSRI) is located on the banks of the St. Johns River. The goal is to provide a premier biological and environmental research and education facility. Since our local waters share concerns and issues with similar ecosystems nationwide, research here provides national benefits. MSRI began in 1998 as a collaboration between Jacksonville University, Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville Marine Charities, National Park Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. MSRI opened its doors in 2010.


Friend Sponsors:

NOAA Fisheries 

NOAA Fisheries is the federal agency responsible for the stewardship of the nation’s living marine resources and their habitat; this includes marine mammals and endangered and threatened species. The agency is responsible for the management, conservation and protection of living marine resources in water three to 200 miles offshore. The Southeast Regional Office is located in St. Petersburg, Florida and the region consists of eight coastal states, nine inland states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Host Sponsors:

Sea to Shore Alliance 

Sea to Shore Alliance (S2S) is a 501c3 nonprofit that protects and conserves fragile coastal ecosystems and the endangered species that call them home. S2S focuses on three key species: right whales, manatees and sea turtles. Field projects are underway in Florida, Cuba, Belize and West Africa. S2S works with NOAA Fisheries to conduct daily aerial surveys from November through March to locate right whales in the northern portion of their calving grounds. The whale locations are provided to mariners operating commercial and military vessels. The Right Whale Early Warning System is helping reduce ship strikes. RWF sponsor donations support S2S.


Thank you to our sponsors!

The Right Whale Festival depends on sponsor support. Our co-founders include Sea to Shore Alliance and the NOAA Fisheries (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). These organizations protect right whales along with other marine species.


EnSafe is a global professional services and management firm specializing in environmental, engineering, health, safety and technology solutions. 


University of North Florida
The University of North Florida Department of Biology Flagship Program in Coastal Biology was established in October 2006. It is one of four Flagship Programs established by President John A. Delaney. The geographic location of the University of North Florida and the current areas of faculty expertise make the Flagship Coastal Biology Program well suited to be a center of excellence in the study of coastal ecosystems. Coastal ecosystem studies encompass a broad range of habitats from oceanic and marine habitats to freshwater lakes and rivers.

UF Aquatic Animal Health

Aquatic animal medicine is a young specialty of veterinary medicine that includes medical care of marine mammals, sea turtles, fishes and aquatic invertebrates. There are broad sub-specialties within aquatic medicine which include care of captive marine mammals, care of pet fishes, zoo and aquarium species, aquaculture medicine and clinical research involving free-ranging aquatic species.  The aquatic animal health program at the University of Florida includes the marine mammal health program operated through the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bio-science.


EU Jacksonville

EU Jacksonville is the region’s monthly entertainment newspaper. Our popular website showcases local restaurants, movie theaters, bands, live theatre, music, and upcoming events. We provide the most comprehensive listing of what's going on today and what to look for in the coming season. Our future growth will include restaurant reviews from all of the local eateries, music reviews from several area bands, and everything you need to know to enjoy an evening on the town. Check back to see web exclusive updates or you can subscribe to receive EU Now weekly.


Port of Jacksonville

Our Host Sponsor represents a partnership between JAXPORT and some of the shipping companies participating in the Right Whale Early Warning System designed to protect right whales. JAXPORT has supported the Right Whale Festival since its inception in 2009. Thank you to the following shipping companies: Trailer Bridge, Diversified Port Holdings, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, and TraPac Jacksonville, LLC. JAXPORT owns and manages three public marine terminals and one passenger cruise terminal. JAXPORT promotes the growth of maritime and related industries in Jacksonville and beyond.


Champion Sponsors:

Green Room Brewing

Green Room Brewing is Jacksonville Beach's first microbrewery!  Our goal is to bring great , locally made beer to the beaches and beyond.  We brew beers that interest the casual drinker and the beer aficionado.


​​Promote your business and brand at the Ninth Annual Right Whale Festival! Contact rightwhalefestival@gmail.com for more information on becoming a RWF sponsor in 2017.​​

Keep Jacksonville Beautiful

Keep Jacksonville Beautiful (KJB) was created in 1983 to lead local efforts to improve and maintain the visual vitality of Jacksonville and Duval County. KJB has forged partnerships in the private, public and civic sectors to conduct programs and activities that have resulted in national recognition. Working with many thousands of volunteers has saved taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars while promoting community stewardship. KJB also promotes liter abatement through its Adopt-A-Road program, coordinates beautification projects, promotes anti-cigarette litter campaigns, and sponsors education programs for area students. 

FWC photo under NOAA permit #15488

Our Children's Earth Foundation

The primary objectives and purposes of the OCE shall be to promote public awareness of domestic and international human rights issues and/or environmental impacts through information dissemination, artistic expression, education projects and private enforcement of environmental protection statutes.  The foundation was founded with the goal of protecting the public by enforcing the Clean Air Act.


Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

Founded in 1971, Florida Atlantic University ’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is a research community of marine scientists, engineers, educators and other professionals focused on Ocean Science for a Better World. The institute drives innovation in ocean engineering, at-sea operations, drug discovery and biotechnology from the oceans, coastal ecology and conservation, marine mammal research and conservation, aquaculture, ocean observing systems and marine education. Four of Florida’s specialty license plates, including “Protect Florida Whales”, provide funding that supports the innovative and applied research in areas of science that bring solutions to needs expressed by Florida residents. FAU Harbor Branch's specialty license plate program is granted through the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation.


LUX Lighting Productions
Lux Lighting Productions is a local Jacksonville company formed in 2012 by Joe Peters. Lux has been setting the mood and transforming spaces into elegant atmospheres. Lighting and Sound an integral and often overlooked factor at many events. At LUX, we offer state of the art lighting and audio services for any affair. We pride ourselves in going above and beyond our clients expectations.


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