[MARMAM] New Publication on Moving towards a sustainable cetacean-based tourism industry – A case study from Mozambique.

Dolphin Encountours Research Center connect at dolphinencountours.org
Thu Jul 16 02:55:50 PDT 2020

Dear Marman Subscribers

My co-authors and I are please to announce the publication of our article Moving towards a sustainable cetacean-based tourism industry – A case study from Mozambique. Diana Rocha, Benjamin Drakeford, Sarah A. Marley, Jonathan Potts, Michelle Hale, Angie Gullan. 


Cetacean-Based Tourism (CBT) is often confused with sustainable tourism. However, not every CBT operator has an environmental education component attached to its programme. In reality, CBT has the potential to negatively impact the animals it is targeting; thus management is required to mitigate any harmful effects from tourism activities. This paper analyses the attitudes and perceptions of the marine operators and tourists that partake in dolphin-swim activities in the Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve (PPMR) in Mozambique. Hand-out ques- tionnaire surveys with closed and Likert scale type questions revealed that the tours are an effective means to promote pro-environmental behaviour and consequently increase compliance with the code of conduct. Non the less, in the PPMR, both tourists and operators presented only basic knowledge of the regulations of the reserve and of the dolphin, whale and whale shark code of conduct, indicating that there is a need for improvement. We provide recommendations for improving local management, which are also applicable at the national and international level. Overall, this paper provides knowledge and guidance for moving towards a sustainable based CBT industry in the PPMR. 

The article can be found here: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1bNnt,714Mcsed <https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1bNnt,714Mcsed>

Pdf requests can be made here: angie at dolphincare.org

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ABOUT: DolphinCareAfrica t/a Dolphin Encountours Research Center is an Association that was established in 1998 to fund the long term monitoring of cetaceans through educational and ethical marine mammal edu-tourism within the Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve. Dolphin Center [Research]™ is the legal entity in Mozambique that trades under Dolphin Encountours Research Center. We celebrate two decades of working with the wild Dolphins of Ponta™. 

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