[MARMAM] Whale Watch Workshop announcement: Measuring sustainability

Dylan Walker dylan at planetwhale.com
Wed Sep 28 03:05:03 PDT 2011

Dear Marmamers,

Planet Whale is pleased to announce a forthcoming workshop that will look at
the sustainability of whale watching based on data gathered by the public
under a new online ethical rating system.

The workshop, which is supported by World Society for the Protection of
Animals (WSPA), will take place in Brighton, near London, UK, all day on the
4th November (the day before Europe's largest Whale Festival at the same
location), and will review early results from an online database in which
the public rate whale and dolphin watching trips from around the world based
on five ethical questions:

1. How well did the trip publicise and use guidelines for safe approach to
whales / dolphins?
2. How valuable was the trip as a learning experience?
3. How well did the trip meet your expectations?
4. How well did the trip minimise its impact on the marine environment?
5. Emphasis on the trip operator’s own research or support for conservation?

These questions, defined as being the most important in developing a
sustainable whale watching industry by a team of ethical whale watch
operators and marine conservation charities (OceanCare, Dolphin-Care Africa,
Australian Whale & Dolphin Watch Association, Sealife Surveys, and Whale
Watch West Cork), will be used by whale watchers across the world to measure
the sustainability of trips on
www.PlanetWhale.com<http://www.planetwhale.com/>in the coming years.

We would like to invite whale and dolphin watch operators and other
stakeholders working closely with the industry to attend the workshop. For
more information about the workshop and how to attend, please follow this


 *Dylan Walker*


*Planet Whale
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