Benefits of Whale Heritage Sites 


Economic Benefits


Capacity Planning

Expanding the capacity, knowledge & experience of tourism industry stakeholders.


Supporting Activities

Positive impact on other marine stakeholders including fishing and diving communities.

Increased Funding

Provides a focal point for investment from development, environmental or community related funding streams.


Improved Livelihoods

Important for marginalised coastal and fishing communities. Increased visitors also brings international tourism focus. 

Environmental Benefits


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.

Social Benefits


Environmental Education

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.

Alternative Livelihoods

Reduces dependency on fishing by strengthening tourism and diversifying livelihoods.