Resources for Managers

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Report of the International Whaling Commission: Whale Watch Operators Workshop

Report of the workshop held on 24-25 May 2013 , organized by the IWC’s Working Group on Whale Watching, Brisbane, Australia

Report of the Workshop on Whale Watching

Report of the IWC hosted, Workshop held from 3 – 5 November 2010 at the Ecocentro Mar Patagonia, Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina

A Blueprint for Dolphin and Whale Watching Development, by Erich Hoyt

Humane Society International manual by Erich Hoyt in English Spanish, and French.Indonesian and Japanese versions also available. Co-sponsored by WDC, IFAW and the French MPA Agency, with HSI.

The State of Whale Watching in Latin America

A 2008 PDF report by Erich Hoyt and Miguel Iñíguez, covering a region with rapid growth and solid community benefits, 60 pages.

Whale Watching 2001

158-page IFAW report on the socioeconomics of whale watching country-by-country around the world. Whale watching By Erich Hoyt

Whale Watching Worldwide Tourism numbers, expenditures and expanding economic benefits

A 2009 report from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, compiled by O'Connor et al. from the Australia‐based Economists at Large & Associates. The report provides country - by country- overviews of whale whale watching industries worldwide, and documents dramatic growth of the whale watching industry in Asia, the Pacific, South America, the Caribbean and Europe, significantly outpacing global tourism growth rates over the past decade.

Whale Watching: Chapter in 2009 Edition of the Encyclopaedia of Marine Mammals

This article by Erich Hoyt provides a brief history of whale watching and a worldwide overview of its development .

Praia do Forte Declaration

Statement on whale watching made by the business owners and tourism professionals, scientists, environmental activists, students and other citizens interested in the development of ecotourism and ocean conservation, gathered at the Latin American Symposium on Whale Watching, held at the Brazilian Humpback Whale Institute, Praia do Forte, Bahia, Brazil, August 3-5, 2017.

The Business of Ecotourism Development and Management

A guide to ecotourism development and management , written by Andy Drumm Alan Moore Andrew Soles Carol Patterson John E. Terborgh, published by the Nature Conservancy

IWC Glossary of whale watching terms

This document was drafted during the 2006 meeting of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission. It defines terms used to describe whale watching in a manner useful for study and management of the industry. This differs from the illustrated glossary on this site which is intended more for whale watchers or guides and includes definitions of terms used for cetacean anatomy and behaviour.

Report of the Regional Workshop on Marine Mammal Watching in the Wider Caribbean Region

This report of a UNEP workshop that took place in Panama City, 19-22 October, 2011 includes the overarching principles and protection guidelines for marine mammal watching in the wider Caribbean region.

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