Encouraging Respectful Human-Cetacean Coexistence
The WHS has developed, and seeks to continually improve, a responsible framework managing the coexistence of people and cetaceans
The WHS celebrates the close cultural association between cetaceans and people.
Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability
The WHS aims to achieve an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable balance between the natural environment, visitor expectations, and local business and community needs.
Research, Education and Awareness
The WHS recipient has developed, and seeks to continually improve, its commitment towards research, education and awareness.
Each WHS may find its own unique means to satisfy the criteria, appropriate to its local context, including geography, culture, economics, and politics. In meeting WHS criteria, a candidate site must take into account information relating to the relevant local cetacean populations including their status, numbers, biology, habitat, behaviour, and welfare.