Curt and Mich Jenner Lifetime of Conservation 2017
Conservationists and pioneers in marine biology, Curt and Micheline-Nicole Jenner head up the Centre for Whale Research in WA and, between them, have studied everything about whales, from population biology and migratory pathways to the ecology and behaviours of whales. Their lifelong adventure, on board their hand-built vessel Whale Song, has produced some exciting discoveries in whale research, including identifying Perth Canyon as one of only two known high-density feeding sites for endangered pygmy blue whales in Australian waters, and finding a humpback breeding haven in Camden Sound off the Kimberley. Following the discovery, Curt and Mich lobbied for the Sound to be set aside as a marine reserve. They are committed to improving our understanding of these precious species through dedicated science and observation. The couple currently live aboard Whale Song II in WA.