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Futurismo is proud to be a Partner of the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA): the world’s largest Partnership working to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans). Together we represent more than 80 Partners in 25 countries worldwide and we are expanding rapidly.
Through cooperation, the Partners of the World Cetacean Alliance aim to conserve and protect cetaceans and their habitats in the world’s oceans, seas and rivers, to ensure their continued health and survival.
The WCA is committed to preventing all cetaceans from being held in captivity except for rehabilitation and release purposes. We are also developing and implementing new concepts for responsible whale and dolphin watching with the potential to inspire and educate millions of people. Finally, we aim to expand the global community of people who care for cetaceans, have a desire to learn about them, and respect them.
In 2014 Futurismo’s Miranda van der Linde became the Chair the WCA’s Working Group on Responsible Whale Watching. This role involves working with some of the world’s most responsible whale watching companies to raise the standards of whale and dolphin watching everywhere.
Partners of the Working Group for Responsible Whale Watching are developing joint initiatives to share scientific data, develop new standards for whale watching, and encourage tourists to get active on the issue of fishing net bycatch and entanglement.
Current goals of the WCA Working Group on Responsible Whale Watching include:
1. Set, distribute and police minimum standards for responsible whale watching for all Whale and Dolphin Watch Partners of the WCA
2. As part of a longer-term plan to look at the potential for a global accreditation scheme for responsible whale and dolphin watching, review 200 whale and dolphin watching videos from the perspective of whether the cetaceans are exhibiting ‘choice and control’. Present review findings at WhaleFest’s WCA meeting.
3. Trial a joint educational initiative in which Partners across the world share the theme of ‘nets’ – bycatch and entanglement; with associated positive actions for customers to take.
4. Execute a series of cross-promotional activities using social media
5. Create a database of whale watchers interested in news on responsible whale watching.
For more information on the World Cetacean Alliance click here: http://worldcetaceanalliance.org/