MEXICAN WHALE WATCHING REGULATIONS

Whale Watching Regulations: NOM-131-SEMARNAT-2010 There are three basic rules for whale watching: Cause the minimum impact over the whales. Be patient. Only go whale watching with boats or companies that have a whale watching permit.   However, as a conscious ecotourist you should know that: The minimum distance that should be kept from whales is […]

ECOTOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Ecotourism is a very important tool in the development of local communities and it promotes sustainable development. In addition, it can be a very useful platform for research and environmental education. ECOBAC seeks to promote the development of ecological tourism, through consultant services in the following areas: specialized training for guides, regulations, route designs and […]

OUTREACH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

Environmental education is a very important tool that allows us to approach and teach the general population (locals, foreigners and tour operators) about the importance of protecting the natural resources our Bay offers, and especially humpback whales. Through workshops, talks and festivals we can share the singularities and needs of this charismatic cetacean, as well […]

Conservation

RABEN Interaction with fishing gear represents one of the most significant threats to whales worldwide.  In Mexico, in order to address this crisis, Ecología y Conservación de Ballenas, AC (ECOBAC) created the Whale Disentanglement Network, known as RABEN, with support of CONANP (Mexico’s Park System).  RABEN is an interagency team of people trained to perform […]

Research

In 1996 we started the Banderas Bay Humpback Whale Photoidentification Project, known as the FIBB Catalog. Until 2017 season, the catalog has 2,686