[MARMAM] New paper on cetacean-based tourism management

Simon Allen S.Allen at murdoch.edu.au
Thu Jul 23 01:00:21 PDT 2015


G'day folks,

We are pleased to announce the publication of the following paper in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism:


Managing whale-watching as a non-lethal consumptive activity.

Abstract: Marine tourism is a new frontier of late-capitalist transformation, generating more global revenue than aquaculture and fisheries combined. This transformation created whale-watching, a commercial tourism form that, despite recent critiques, has been accepted as non-consumptive activity. This paper uses four academic discourses to critique whale-watching as a form of capitalist exploitation: (1) commercial whale-watching and global capitalist transformation, (2) global capitalist politics and the promoted belief that whale-watching is non-consumptive, (3) the inherent contradictions of non-consumptive capitalist exploitation, and (4) whale-watching as a common-pool resource. These discourses lead us to critique whale-watching practices in relation to the common capitalist sequence of resource diversification, exploitation, depletion and collapse. Using specific impact studies, we conclude that a sustainability paradigm shift is required, whereby whale-watching (and other forms of wildlife tourism) is recognized as a form of non-lethal consumptive exploitation, understood in terms of sub-lethal anthropogenic stress and energetic impacts. We argue the need for a paradigm shift in the regulation and management of commercial whale-watching, and present the case for a unified, international framework for managing the negative externalities of whale-watching. The relevance of the issues raised about neoliberal policy-making extends beyond whale-watching to all forms of wildlife and nature-based tourism.

The full citation is as follows: James E.S. Higham, Lars Bejder, Simon J. Allen, Peter J. Corkeron & David Lusseau (2015). Managing whale-watching as a non-lethal consumptive activity. Journal of Sustainable Tourism DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2015.1062020

You can access the paper at http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/3kKaKmus6dBgUj28dfG4/full or request a PDF from any of the authors.

Best regards, James, Lars, Simon, Peter and David


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Simon Allen, PhD
Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit
School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Murdoch University
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Western Australia 6150

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