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Responsible Management

Over 13 million people engage in whale watching cruises and flights every year. Whale watching and the tourism it brings, presents an economic opportunity for many communities around the world. Yet poorly managed whale watching can have impacts on individual whales, their populations and their habitats. These include injury, mortality, changes in behaviour and habitat use, and decreased feeding and reproductive success. The IWC’s Scientific Committee continues to look at both the short and long term impacts of whale watching on individual whales, their populations and their habitats
  • Interactive whale watching map
  • View Country Profile
    Click on any highlighted country outline in the map below to find links to that country's whale watching profile, species of interest, whale watching regulations and featured case studies.
  • View Case studies
    Click here to change the map view and reveal the locations of the case studies featured on this site. Click on the case study icon for more details and a link to the case study itself.
  • View Country List
    Click here to reveal a tabular listing of all the countries featured in detail in this handbook.

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