Zack Klyver is a Maine-based marine scientist, naturalist and conservationist. He is the co-founder of Blue Planet Strategies and in this capacity works on the conservation of North Atlantic Right Whales.
Zack was born in Niarobi, Kenya in 1968 and grew up in Eastport, Maine - the eastern most city in the United States. He is a graduate of College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine with a B.A. in Human Ecology. Zack worked for thirty years as a whale watch naturalist guiding whale and seabird watching tours on the Gulf of Maine from Bar Harbor. During that time, he led over 3,000 trips with 600,000 people. During ten winter seasons he worked as an endangered right whale and sea turtle observer on dredging ships and planes off the southeast seaboard between North Carolina and Florida. In the winters of 2010 and 2011 he helped coordinate Right Whale surveys with the New England Aquarium in the Gulf of Maine. Zack has worked as a marine mammal lecturer in Antarctica, as a marine mammal observer in Arctic above Alaska, and for the conservation organization the Ocean Conservancy in Washington DC. Zack brings vast expertise in whale watching having been on whale watching tours in Hawaii, British Columbia, Washington, California, Baja; Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and throughout the Caribbean. In 2011, he founded the company FLUKES: International Whale Tours that specializes in taking guests on extended marine mammal tours around the world. Since 2003, he has represented the whale watching and ecotourism industry as a member of CHOIR (Coaltion for Atlantic Herring’s Orderly, Informed and Long-term Responsible Management) advocating for the importance maintaining an abundance of Atlantic Herring and Menhaden in the marine ecosystem. In 2015, he became a member of the New England Fisheries Management Council’s fifteen member stakeholder Advisory Panel to the Atlantic Herring Committee. He also served as a board member and vice president of Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge. He is a lifetime member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy.