Benefits of Whale Heritage Sites
Expanding the capacity, knowledge & experience of tourism industry stakeholders.
Positive impact on other marine stakeholders including fishing and diving communities.
Provides a focal point for investment from development, environmental or community related funding streams.
Important for marginalised coastal and fishing communities. Increased visitors also brings international tourism focus.
Further Scientific Knowledge
Encourages the development and strengthening of links between maritime users and educational and research facilities.
Improves Animal Welfare and Preservation
Encourages responsible cetacean watching tourism ensuring animals are respected. Helps to build financial, legal and political support needed to conserve cetaceans for future generations.
Ocean Conservation and Enhanced Biodiversity
Raises awareness of the importance of protecting the oceans within destinations. Protects critical habitats including key breeding, feeding and migratory areas.
Global Knowledge Sharing
Communication between WHS destinations enhances reputations and encourages sharing of knowledge, learning, and best practices.
Educates tourists and local people about the importance of sustainable practices and the value of responsible whale and dolphin watching tourism.
Climate Change Adaption
Boosts resilience for communities who are reliant on the marine environment. Encourages scientific research to assess environmental impacts.
Improves Community Cohesion
Encourages interest in sustainability, and accelerates a sense of pride towards marine natural heritage.
Reduces dependency on fishing by strengthening tourism and diversifying livelihoods.