The Whale Heritage Sites Steering Committee is delighted to announce that Peninsula Valdes, Argentina, has passed the initial application process to become a Whale Heritage Site and has been approved for candidacy. The site can now plan how to undertake the rigorous audit process as it attempts to meet the criteria required for full Whale Heritage Site status.
Peninsula Valdes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site designated for its unique attributes as a marine mammal breeding and calving ground, especially for the once endangered southern right whale. The six companies operating in Puerto Piramides exemplify community-based management of this cetacean population, demonstrating respect for the cetaceans and each other in day to day operations while striving to improve the sustainability of the site. Local rules and regulations help ensure the best possible practices and that the whale watching companies are operated by local, rather than foreign entities.