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Issue Definition and Planning for Whalewatching Management Strategies in Ensenada, Mexico

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The exceptional growth of whalewatching in Baja California Sur (BCS) and other parts of Mexico during the last 10 years motivated the design and implementation of a Mexican whalewatching law based on experiences in BCS. However, recent research in the Ensenada whalewatching area confirms that this law is insufficient in this area because whalewatching boats and other fishing, cruising, or drifting boats influence the behavior (swimming direction and velocity) of migrating gray whales. In the long term, the migration corridor might be displaced offshore, and whalewatching may become infeasible. This study proposes a management planning process to adapt regulations to this area, to promote adherence to regulations by encouraging self-regulation and strengthening law enforcement, and to enhance the tourist service on board. The actors involved were identified.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Facultad de Ciencias Marinas, Ensenada, Baja California, México

Publication date: 2003-07-01

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