COMMUNITY-BASED MANAGEMENT OF
GRAY WHALE ECOTOURISM IN BAJA
CALIFORNIA SUR, MEXICO
Duncan Knowler, Peter Williams, and Salvador Garcia-Martinez
Gray whale-watching is generally viewed as a useful means of achieving wildlife conservation objectives along the entire Pacific coastline of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, including the Bahia Magdalena region in the Mexican State of Baja California Sur. However, some researchers argue that there is a need to limit this industry’s growth to avoid adverse impacts on whale populations. It is also suggested that community-based management of whale-watching be promoted to ensure local communities benefit. To determine sustainable levels of community-based ecotourism development requires a greater understanding of the dynamic links between tourism, whale ecology, and economic benefits. This chapter outlines resource management problems in Baja California Sur related to gray whale breeding habitat and the associated whale-watching industry. An appropriate
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Publication information: Book title: Transboundary Policy Challenges in the Pacific Border Regions of North America. Contributors: James Loucky - Editor, Donald K. Alper - Editor, J.C Day - Editor. Publisher: University of Calgary Press. Place of publication: Calgary, Alta.. Publication year: 2008. Page number: 219.
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