Whale-watching tourism will be regulated

The Panama Tourism Authority (ATP) seeks to establish regulation and certification to guarantee that whale-watching tourism is done in a sustainable manner.

“We want to regulate and certify standards that benefit both cetaceans and the tourism industry, so as to avoid what has happened in other countries, where due to whale-watching without clear rules, the whales got frightened and never again returned,” expressed Ernesto Orillac, deputy administrator of the ATP.

Orillac further mentioned that the ATP has held meetings with environmental agencies such as Albatros and MarViva, with the aim of “compiling international standards and adapting them to Panama.” He also highlighted the training given to groups of fishermen and boat captains to conduct responsible whale-watching tourism.