As we conclude our fisheries interactions series, we examine some of the ways PWF works to mitigate major stressors, such as bycatch, to whales and dolphins around the globe and what you can do to help.
Because of the varied nature of the fishing industry, bycatch mitigation efforts also vary greatly, sometimes even from fishery to fishery. In this installment we will take a high-level view at some of those mitigation efforts happening at the global, national and local level.
Written by Conservation Coordinator Shelby Serra Fishing – from meager to monstrous Fish as a means of nourishment have been an integral component of human history for millennia. However, in the last 50 years, annual global consumption of seafood products has more than doubled…
MAKING WAVES – RESPONSIBLE WHALE WATCHING PART 4: Pacific Whale Foundation’s Marine Tourism Advocacy Agenda
We’ve made it to our final installment of Making Waves, focusing on responsible whale watching and marine tourism governance. Since we now know that education and operator compliance play integral roles in the sustainability of the industry, we can ask ourselves – what is Pacific Whale Foundation doing about it? How have we contributed over the last 40 years? What are we up to TODAY that continues to contribute to both the conservation of the species involved and the inspiration we ignite in the nearly 400,000 people we reach every year? Check out our final installment and learn about PWF’s contributions to responsible marine tourism!
MAKING WAVES – RESPONSIBLE WHALE WATCHING PART 3: MARINE TOURISM GOVERNANCE – FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA
How is whale watching conducted in other parts of the world? From our last installment, we learned that in the U.S. we take good care to protect and conserve the species encountered on these types of trips. How do other countries do it? What are some of the similarities and differences? Check out this next Making Waves installment to learn more about marine tourism governance from sea to shining sea!
In order to understand how responsible whale watching can be achieved, we must understand what the ingredients are for a safe and informative whale watch. In our next installment of this Making Waves series, we highlight the policies and people that work to ensure responsible viewing of wildlife in their natural environments. Who decides how close we can get? And what responsibility do the people working aboard the boat have to the conservation of the animals involved? Read our next installment of Making Waves to learn more.
Boat-based commercial whale watching has been a growing industry for the last 65 years. As a transition away from the consumptive whaling industry, countries and territories around the world began to see whales as a valuable economic resource through whale watching. Simultaneously, activists saw whale watching as a way to conserve declining whale populations. In this next Making Waves series, we will look at the ins and outs of responsible marine tourism – how it is done, who enforces, and how PWF continues to contribute to the mitigation of this potential stressor to whales and dolphins. Follow along to learn more!
Author: Conservation Coordinator Shelby Serra We now know the dangerous threat human-generated debris poses to marine environments here in Hawaii and across the globe. Imagine a world in which your favorite consumer products came packaged in recyclable, sustainable materials that…
Author: Conservation Coordinator Shelby Serra In part two of this series, we explored the history of efforts to address the plastic pollution problem facing the geographically vulnerable state of Hawaii. Although there are a few states that are attempting change with…