[MARMAM] New paper - Impact of whale-watching on Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) in Patagonia: assessing the effects from its beginnings in the context of population growth

Magdalena Arias ariasmalala at gmail.com
Mon Apr 16 12:19:07 PDT 2018

 Dear colleagues,

My co-authors and I are pleased to announce our new publication:

Arias M., Coscarella M. A., Romero M. A., Svendsen G. M., Ocampo Reinaldo
M., Curcio N. , Crespo E. A.,  González R. A. C. 2018. *Impact of
whale-watching on Southern Right Whale (**Eubalaena australis**) in
Patagonia: assessing the effects from its beginnings in the context of
population growth.* Tourism Management Perspectives 27:1-9,

Abstract: Historically, the distribution range of the southern right whale
in Argentina was restricted to Península Valdés. During the last decades
the population has been expanding its distribution range. The presence of
whales in areas such as the San Antonio Bay has become so common, that in
2012 an experimental whale-watching program was settled. The objectives
were to characterize the whale-watching activity and its potential effects
on the colonizing groups. Data were collected on-board the whale-watching
vessels between 2012 and 2016, and analysed using GLM. Whale-watching is
growing in San Antonio Bay, and the interactions are focused on the less
vulnerable groups. At longer distances, most of the whale reactions were
neutral regardless of the maneuvers and the group type, while at closer
distant passive manoeuvres elicit more approach reactions. The results of
this study have significant implications for whale-watching regulations in
this new area of distribution of the species.
A PDF copy of the publication can be downloaded from:

Best regards,
Magdalena Arias

Lic. Magdalena Arias
CONICET-Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos
Centro de investigación aplicada y transferencia tecnológica en recursos
marinos “Almirante Storni” (CIMAS - CENPAT - CONICET)
Güemes 1030 - San Antonio Oeste (R8520CXV).
Río Negro - Argentina.
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