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Is Dolphin-Watching Sustainable in Bocas del Toro, Panama

By Ashley Sitar

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Due to concerns of unsustainable dolphin watching tourism in Bocas del Toro, and the increase in dolphin mortality in Bocas due to dolphin watching boat collisions research was conducted in the summer of 2013, to evaluate the severity of the situation, and to assess the tourists and boat operators’ level of concern for dolphin and environmental conservation. This project examined whether dolphin watching was negatively disrupting dolphin behaviors, and whether dolphin watching operators were following Panama’s dolphin watching regulations. This project provides informative data to assist with the establishment of more stringent dolphin watching management and enforcement, and it is hoped it will assist with the establishment of Marine Protected Areas that include important habitat for the bottlenose dolphin population in Bocas del Toro.


Katie Carroll

Date 2015
Pages 204
Publisher George Mason University
Department Environmental Science and Public Policy
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Language English
University George Mason University
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Animals in culture
  3. Aquatic organisms
  4. Dolphins
  5. Human-animal interactions
  6. Mammals
  7. Marine animals
  8. Marine mammals
  9. Nature
  10. oceans
  11. Panama
  12. Physical environment
  13. sustainability
  14. Tourism and travel
  15. Wild animals