[MARMAM] Announcement: Workshop on the future of Whale & Dolphin Watching

Dylan Walker dylan at planetwhale.com
Sat Jan 21 08:01:10 PST 2012


 *Workshop on the future of Whale & Dolphin Watching*
*Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway, Ireland, 9.00 – 17.30
Saturday 24th March 2012*
*Organised by Planet Whale to coincide with the ECS Conference (please note
that this is a fee paying workshop being run independently of the ECS)*


Current cetacean research is highly dependent on the whale and dolphin
watching industry. Indeed some organisations run tours in order to fund
their research and ongoing conservation efforts. Yet this same research is
increasingly implicating the whale watching industry as having a potential
detrimental effect on cetaceans.

Planet Whale is pleased to announce the second in a series of workshops
that bring together scientists, conservationists, and whale watch operators
to discuss new techniques to raise the standards of whale and dolphin
watching so that it is increasingly beneficial as a tool for scientific
research, conservation, and educational outreach.

A workshop focussed on ethics

During the workshop we will look closely at five critical aspects of whale
and dolphin watching as a tool for scientific research, conservation, and
educational outreach. Planet Whale has recently launched the world’s first
review system that asks customers to rate and review trips based on these
five critical aspects. They are:
1. Emphasis on the trip operator’s own research or support for conservation?
2. How well did the trip publicise and use guidelines for safe approach to
whales / dolphins?
3. How valuable was the trip as a learning experience?
4. How well did the trip meet your expectations?
5. How well did the trip minimise its impact on the marine environment?
Workshop itinerary

9.00  Welcome and coffee

9.30 Introduction.
Dylan Walker and Ian Rowlands introduce the Planet Whale rating and review
scheme and a new strategy for the sustainable and economic development of
the whale and dolphin watching industry.

10.30 – 12.00 Market leaders
We reveal how five whale and dolphin watch operators have developed methods
that have led to improved standards.

12.00 – 13.00 Break for lunch

13.00 – 15.30 Workshop Activity
The workshop will be devoted to interpreting feedback from the Planet Whale
review system, sharing experiences, and benefitting from the knowledge of
colleagues in order to build strategies that will raise the standards of
whale and dolphin watching.

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break

16.00 – 17.00 Summary
Workshop groups summarise shared knowledge on best-practice in key areas.

17.00 – 17.30  Discussion
Discussion on how whale and dolphin watch operators can best benefit from
being ‘market leaders’ in sustainable whale watching, including options for
developing closer links with the scientific community.

17.30  End



How to join the workshop

The workshop fee is €95 per person, €45 for students.
To reserve your place on the workshop contact Dylan Walker on email:
dylan at planetwhale.com or telephone +44 (0)1273 355011. Your email or phone
booking will enable us to hold your place for ten working days while
payment is made. Once we receive payment we will confirm your booking in
writing.

Payments should be sent by direct bank transfer to:

Bank: HSBC
Account name: Planet Whale Ltd
Sort code: 40-14-03
Account no: 32364948
IBAN: GB81MIDL40140332364948
SWIFT CODE: MIDLGB2111V

Alternatively, if you are in the UK you can pay by cheque made payable to
‘Planet Whale Ltd’ and sent to Planet Whale, 2a Church Road, Hove, East
Sussex, BN3 2FL.
Date and location
The event will be held between 9.00 – 17.30 at the Galway-Mayo Institute of
Technology, Galway, Ireland, on Saturday 24th March 2012, the day before
the opening of the European Cetacean Society Conference at the same
location. Capacity for the venue is 35 people so we recommend that you book
early to guarantee your place.

Access and Accommodation
Further information on the venue and room location will be provided to
attendees closer to the event.


*SUSTAINABLE WHALE AND DOLPHIN WATCHING: A tour to see wild whales or
dolphins by a commercial operator who accepts a responsibility to preserve
and protect the animals and ecosystems they interact with. Sustainable
whale and dolphin watch operators invest, where possible, in local
conservation efforts and offer the best learning experiences for
passengers. They act according to codes of conduct which put the welfare of
whales and dolphins first.

Regards,

Dylan Walker
Co-Founder
www.planetwhale.com
Office:  +44 (0)1273 355011
Planet Whale, 2a Church Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 2FL, UK

Planet Whale is the global community that will change the way we view
whales and dolphins forever. By harnessing the passion and ideas of
individuals, we will achieve more to protect and defend our oceans than
ever before.
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