[MARMAM] New Paper on Evaluating the sustainability of the gray-whale-watching industry along the pacific coast of North America

Alicia Amerson alicia5378 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 29 09:20:02 PDT 2018


Hello Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce our paper *"Evaluating the sustainability of
the gray-whale-watching industry along the pacific coast of North America"
<https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09669582.2018.1449848>*has
appeared online in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism.  A full citation and
abstract appear below.  If you would like a pdf copy of this work please
email me at alicia at alimosphere.com.  I hope you are all enjoying the
changing season and the year is filled with good health, joy, and peace.

Best regards,

Alicia


Alicia Amerson & E. C. M. Parsons (2018) Evaluating the sustainability of
the gray-whale-watching industry along the pacific coast of North
America,Journal
of Sustainable Tourism, DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2018.1449848
<https://doi.org/10.1080/09669582.2018.1449848>



This paper reports on the first study to critically examine the
sustainability of whale-watching practices along the entire migratory range
of a pelagic baleen whale species, the gray whale (*Eschrichtius robustus*).
Commercial boat-based whale-watching operations along the west coast of
North America were observed for sustainable practices. Data recorded aboard
whale-watching vessels and collected via an online survey were integrated
into the Lean Six Sigma quality-improvement tool, in order to review
business processes and identify where inefficiency or ineffectiveness
exists in specific phases within a process. Whale-watching practices were
analyzed using this method for 24 whale-watching companies operating in
Canada, the United States and Mexico. The results show a high level of
variation in management regimes, and operator non-compliance with
guidelines, and highlight avenues to eliminate, revise or reduce
inefficiency, and improve practices in the interests of high-quality and
sustainable operations. We recommend more specific and operational
guidelines that allow operators to focus on high compliance with the most
critical aspects of their business operation in order to build the
sustainability of commercial tourist interactions with gray whales in their
migratory range.


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Alicia Amerson
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Masters of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of C
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alifornia, San Diego, CA

​Chief Executive Officer
Alimosphere
Email: alicia at alimosphere.com
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