Caribbean whale watching operators jump-start CARIBwhale
Friday, December 8, 2006
ROSEAU, Dominica: More than 15 Caribbean whale watching organisations, in
partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), met this
week to formalise CARIBwhale, an association committed to conserving
cetaceans and their habitat and promoting responsible whale and dolphin
watching. A formal launch is planned for early 2007.
Whale watch operators from Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada,
Guadeloupe, St Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as hotel and
tourism associations from Dominica and St Lucia participated.
"CARIBwhale's mission is to foster an environment that will protect
cetaceans and their habitat in the Caribbean," said Andrew Armour of
Dominica, who was elected President of CARIBwhale at this week's meeting.
"In addition to promoting responsible whale watching we will also support
non-invasive scientific research, as well as educational programmes,
community involvement, and advocacy."
CARIBwhale will afford membership to small, medium and large regional whale
watching organisations. Supporters may include regional conservation and
tourism and hotel associations, with academic institutions and scientists
welcome as well.
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