[MARMAM] Marine Tours as First Responders in MMPAs

Brooke Porter brooke at pacificwhale.org
Mon Aug 24 15:28:34 PDT 2009


Please consider registering for the half day, afternoon workshop Marine
Tours as First Responders in MMPAs on Saturday, October 10, 2009 to be held
in association with the SMM's 18th Biennial Conference on the Biology of
Marine Mammals in Quebec City, Canada.


Marine mammal populations throughout the world are increasingly associated
with marine wildlife watching operations. With the recovery of North Pacific
the humpback whale (Megaptera novengliae) stock, a corresponding increase in
anthropogenic factors, which negatively impact humpback whales, can be
expected. Oversight by federal and state agencies charged with enforcement
cannot adequately address the needs of the resource. Marine tour operators,
operating in whale dense waters are uniquely positioned to act as first
responders in incidents involving whale-human interactions as they are often
the first to sight incidents, have the technology to document and relay the
precise location and have the capability to stay with and/or track the
animal involved.  

The approach of utilizing marine tour operators as first responders benefits
the natural resource, while also providing an immediate first line of action
for management agencies that often operate from land-based stations with
smaller vessels. 

Desired output of the workshop includes increased and formalized systems of
communication between commercial marine tour operators and resource managers
as there is potential to develop a spirit of cooperation towards a common
goal through partnership.

Speakers are currently being finalized and a detailed program will be
forthcoming.

To register, please visit
<http://www.marinemammalscience.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=articl
e&id=358&Itemid=214>

Merrill Kaufman
Director of Education

Brooke Porter, MEd
Director of Conservation

Pacific Whale Foundation
300 Ma'alaea Road
Suite 211
Wailuku, Hawai'i 96793
Work (808) 856-8341
Fax  (808) 243-9021

www.pacificwhale.org


 

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