The Legal Aspects of Whale Watching

Report of The Workshop on The Legal Aspects of Whale Watching

Whale watching activities are expanding around the world, and, as the previous workshops and studies have established, so are the related potential risks or threats to whales. As a result of these perceived risks, regulations and guidelines are proliferating. Hence the need for this Workshop to highlight and discuss some leading examples of the available national guidelines and regulations that are currently in force, and to assess whether adequate international guidelines etc exist. Our recommendations are designed to encourage States in which whale watching operations take place to adopt guidelines or regulations which will ensure that such operations are conducted in an orderly manner and that the maximum protection of the species and people involved is afforded.


Brian Sharp, Emergency Relief Officer, Stranding Coordinator
Manager, Marine Mammal Rescue and Research
Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova, Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation
Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation Program
Matt Collis, Director, International Policy
Director, International Policy
Patrick Ramage, Program Director, Whales
Program Director, Marine Conservation