STARTS PREVENTION PROGRAM, INFORMATION AND MONITORING
Ecology and Conservation of Whales, AC with the support of Opequimar Centro Marino, the 8th. Naval Zone and authorized tour operators for whale watching initiate participatory surveillance work to care for and protect the humpback whales that come to Bahía de Banderas to breed and have their young.
On the 29th of December, the maritime tours of the program of Prevention, Information and Monitoring of Humpback Whales began in Bahía de Banderas, whose objective is to promote good navigation practices during the whale season, as well as to disseminate the NOM-131 -SEMARNAT-2010 that establishes the guidelines for the observation of whales and encourages the proper monitoring, thus avoiding the harassment of whales.
One of the main tasks during the tours has been to inform private and tourist vessels without permission to observe whales, which must be careful when sailing in the presence of whales and that must maintain a minimum distance of 240mt from whales , observe them for a maximum of 30 minutes and continue with your journey.
It is important to remember that to carry out the observation of whales requires a permit from SEMARNAT and the badge is a flag with a whale and official logo. During these tours fishing gear is also being monitored to keep a record. As we know these networks can be a danger to whales, especially for the young, by the well-known chinchorros.
To date there have been 3 trips and it is expected to make at least 10 during the whale watching season that ends on March 23, 2012. The work of the tours has been intense but very productive. Information has been distributed to more than 60 boats, mostly private or tourist, but without authorization for whale watching. On 2 occasions we managed to remove more than 15 private boats that harassed a Mother with a baby. The response of the people has been generally positive, the majority retires or maintains the indicated distance of 240mts.
During the departure of December 31st, support was given to the Network of Assistance to Entangled Whales in the search for a female that was reported enmallada in front of Nuevo Vallarta. Apparently the female was released.
The main problem is that private or non-whale-watching vessels do not search for whales, if not other vessels, which translates into harassment of a few whales, mostly mothers with offspring who in turn are the type of whales. most vulnerable group and with whom we must be more careful. On several occasions there are more whales around but as they have no experience or interest, they do not look for more whales and that is why groups of up to 18 boats are harassed, harassing a whale which not only affects the whales but also the image of Puerto Vallarta as tourist destination.
Actually there are many whales scattered in the bay you just have to have a little patience and look for them. Help us to take care of the whales so that they keep coming back to Bahía de Banderas! It only carries out the observation activity with officially authorized vessels, to do so, which means that they have experience and are qualified to carry out this activity. If you have your own boat, remember that you can only stay for a maximum of 30 minutes observing the whales and that you must maintain a distance of at least 240 meters. Help us together we can.
The humpback whale prevention, information and monitoring program is carried out thanks to the collaboration and donations of: ECOBAC, Opequimar, 8th. Naval Zone, Ecological Society of the West, Technological Institute of Banderas Bay, Albatross, Big tuna, Blue Bay, Briana Nicole, Cielito Lindo, Columba I, Corbeteña, Ecotours de Mexico, Ecoexplorer, Explora Vallarta, Fabo, Googler, Grenda, Karen II, Mismaloya Divers, Miss Viky II, Laborer, Ocean Riders, Orion II, Pegasso Chartering, Sea Products Mata, Salmay, Shambala II, Soc. Coop Corral del Risco, Vallarta Adventures, Black Wind I / II, Wildlife Connection and Whalecome Vallarta You can support this important work by making a donation. For more information visit www.whalephoto.org or write to firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for your support!