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IFAW's Whale Watching Worldwide

IFAW's Whale Watching Worldwide

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Government officials, scientists and advocates from around the world are gathering this week on the sunny island of Madeira, Portugal to debate the future of our planet’s great whales. As they do so, new evidence is surfacing of the massive economic contribution living whales now make to coastal economies around the world. Whale Watching
Worldwide documents the incredible growth of the global whale watching industry over the past decade and provides a detailed country‐by‐country analysis of its expanding economic benefits. For more information, please visit http://ifaw.org
Government officials, scientists and advocates from around the world are gathering this week on the sunny island of Madeira, Portugal to debate the future of our planet’s great whales. As they do so, new evidence is surfacing of the massive economic contribution living whales now make to coastal economies around the world. Whale Watching
Worldwide documents the incredible growth of the global whale watching industry over the past decade and provides a detailed country‐by‐country analysis of its expanding economic benefits. For more information, please visit http://ifaw.org

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Published by: International Fund for Animal Welfare on Sep 16, 2009
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1
 
Whale
 
Watching
 
Worldwide
 
Tourism
 
numbers,
 
expenditures
 
and
 
expanding
 
economic
 
benefits
 
A
 
special
 
report
 
from
 
the
 
International
 
Fund
 
for
 
Animal
 
Welfare
 
 
 
2
 
Whale
 
Watching
 
Worldwide:
 
Tourism
 
numbers,
 
expenditures
 
and 
 
economic
 
benefits
 
A
 
special
 
report
 
from
 
IFAW
 
 –
 
the
 
International
 
Fund
 
for
 
Animal
 
Welfare
 
Requests
 
and
 
inquiries
 
should
 
be
 
addressed
 
to:
 
Communications
 
Manager
 
IFAW
 
International
 
Headquarters
 
290
 
Summer
 
Street
 
Yarmouth
 
Port,
 
MA
 
02675
 
Tel:
 
+1
 
(508)
 
744
 
2000
 
Tel:
 
+1
 
(800)
 
932
 
4329
 
Fax:
 
+1
 
(508)
 
744
 
2009
 
info@ifaw.org
 
Report
 
prepared
 
by:
 
Economists
 
at
 
Large
 
&
 
Associates
 
Melbourne,
 
Australia
 
www.ecolarge.com
 
info@ecolarge.com
 
Phone:
 
+61
 
3
 
9562
 
4472
 
|
 
Fax:
 
+61
 
3
 
9562
 
4118
 
PO
 
Box
 
256,
 
Noble
 
Park,
 
Melbourne,
 
Australia,
 
3174
 
Project
 
Lead:
 
Simon
 
O’Connor
 
Researchers:
 
Roderick
 
Campbell,
 
Tristan
 
Knowles
 
&
 
Hernan
 
Cortez
 
Economists
 
at
 
Large
 
Principal:
 
Francis
 
Grey
 
Project
 
assistance
 
and
 
advice
 
provided
 
by:
 
Erich
 
Hoyt
 
Specific
 
regional
 
data
 
for
 
Latin
 
America
 
provided
 
by:
 
Erich
 
Hoyt
 
and
 
Miguel
 
Iñíguez
 
©
 
2009
 
IFAW
 
This
 
work
 
is
 
copyright.
 
Apart
 
from
 
any
 
use
 
permitted
 
under
 
the
 
Copyright 
 
 Act 
 
1968,
 
no
 
part
 
may
 
be
 
reproduced
 
by
 
any
 
process
 
without
 
prior
 
written
 
permission
 
from
 
IFAW.
 
Citation:
 
O’Connor,
 
S.,
 
Campbell,
 
R.,
 
Cortez,
 
H.,
 
&
 
Knowles,
 
T.,
 
2009,
 
Whale
 
Watching
 
Worldwide:
 
tourism
 
numbers,
 
expenditures
 
and 
 
expanding
 
economic
 
benefits,
 
a
 
special
 
report
 
from
 
the
 
International
 
Fund
 
for
 
Animal
 
Welfare,
 
Yarmouth
 
MA,
 
USA,
 
prepared
 
by
 
Economists
 
at
 
Large.
 
Disclaimer
 
The
 
opinions
 
expressed
 
in
 
this
 
publication
 
are
 
those
 
of 
 
the
 
author/s
 
and
 
do
 
not
 
necessarily
 
reflect
 
the
 
views
 
of 
 
IFAW.
 
This
 
report
 
is
 
based
 
on
 
data
 
gathered
 
and
 
analysed
 
by
 
Economists
 
at
 
Large
 
through
 
interviews
 
with
 
operators,
 
government,
 
non
government
 
and
 
other
 
stakeholders
 
as
 
well
 
as
 
secondary
 
data
 
reviews.
 
The
 
findings
 
of 
 
this
 
report
 
are
 
dependent
 
on
 
that
 
data
 
which
 
was
 
available
 
at
 
the
 
time
 
of 
 
research.
 
 
 
3
 
Whale
 
Watching
 
Worldwide:
 
Tourism
 
numbers,
 
expenditures
 
and
 
economic
 
benefits
 
A
 
special
 
report
 
from
 
IFAW
 
PREFACE...........................................................................................................................................................8
 
FOREWORD:
 
IFAW
 
AND
 
WHALE
 
WATCHING
 
1980
2009 .................................................................................9
 
1.
 
W
HALE
 
W
ATCHING
 
AND
 
W
HALING
...............................................................................................................................9
 
2.
 
A
DDITIONAL
 
IFAW
 
PROJECTS
 
RELATED
 
TO
 
WHALE
 
WATCHING
.........................................................................................12
 
3.
 
W
HALE
 
W
ATCHING
 
AND
 
THE
 
I
NTERNATIONAL
 
W
HALING
 
C
OMMISSION
 
 –
 
A
 
B
RIEF
 
H
ISTORY
..................................................17
 
EXECUTIVE
 
SUMMARY....................................................................................................................................23
 
M
AP
 
OF
 
THE
 
GLOBAL
 
DISTRIBUTION
 
OF
 
WHALE
 
WATCHING
 
COUNTRIES
:.................................................................................27
 
A
CKNOWLEDGEMENTS
.........................................................................................................................................28
 
INTRODUCTION..............................................................................................................................................29
 
R
ESEARCH
 
M
ETHODS
...........................................................................................................................................30
 
L
IMITATIONS
......................................................................................................................................................35
 
GLOBAL
 
WHALE
 
WATCHING
 
2008...................................................................................................................36
 
REGIONS.........................................................................................................................................................38
 
AFRICA
 
AND
 
MIDDLE
 
EAST..............................................................................................................................40
 
S
UMMARY
 
OF
 
COUNTRY
 
RESULTS
.....................................................................................................................................42
 
B
AHRAIN
..........................................................................................................................................................44
 
B
ENIN
..............................................................................................................................................................45
 
C
ANARY
 
I
SLANDS
................................................................................................................................................47
 
E
GYPT
..............................................................................................................................................................49
 
L
OCAL
 
C
ASE
 
S
TUDY
:
 
S
AMADAI
 
R
EEF
,
 
E
GYPT
.............................................................................................................51
 
E
RITREA
............................................................................................................................................................52
 
G
ABON
.............................................................................................................................................................53
 
G
AMBIA
,
 
T
HE
....................................................................................................................................................54
 
K
ENYA
..............................................................................................................................................................55
 
M
ADAGASCAR
...................................................................................................................................................56
 
L
OCAL
 
C
ASE
 
S
TUDY
:
 
A
NTONGIL
 
B
AY
,
 
M
ADAGASCAR
..................................................................................................58
 
M
AURITANIA
.....................................................................................................................................................60
 
M
AURITIUS
.......................................................................................................................................................61
 
M
AYOTTE
.........................................................................................................................................................62
 
M
OROCCO
........................................................................................................................................................63
 

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