New Rules For Responsible Whale Watching In The Pacific

The first regional guidelines for responsible whale and dolphin watching across the Pacific Islands were launched on Sunday 29 March, on the eve of the first International Conference for Marine Mammal Protected Areas in Maui, Hawaii.

Developed by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Opération Cétacés, the Pacific Regional Guidelines for Whale & Dolphin Watching aim to minimise the potential impacts of tourism activities on whales and dolphins and their environment.

“The Pacific Islands region offers visitors a unique cultural nature tourism experience with endangered whales in their breeding grounds. It is vital that governments and industry ensure the protection of the animals that are attracting increased prosperity to many countries in the region,” said IFAW Pacific Officer, Olive Andrews.