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  1. Unifying ecological and social sciences into a management framework for wildlife-based tourism: a case study of feeding stingrays as a marine tourism attraction in the Cayman Islands

    Contributor(s):: Christina A.D. Semeniuk

    As marine wildlife tourism attractions increase in popularity, the integration of natural and social sciences is required to ascertain and then assimilate strategies to effectively address the undesirable ecological and social conditions of the wildlife tourism setting. The overarching objective...

  2. Is Dolphin-Watching Sustainable in Bocas del Toro, Panama

    Contributor(s):: Ashley Sitar

    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...

  3. Public Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavior towards Sharks and Shark Conservation

    Contributor(s):: Jason O'Bryhim

    Many species of shark are in danger of overexploitation and could possibly be facing  extinction. Sharks have been around for over 400 million years but recent declines that  threaten their existence can be traced back to the current consumptive uses brought on by  humans. If...

  4. Examining specific aspects of human-dolphin interactions in a "swim-with-dolphins" program.

    Contributor(s):: Jennifer Lee O'Loughlin

    Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are actively receptive towards humans, and it has been suggested that they are one of the only known wild animals that will seek out human contact (Smith, 1987). The swim-with-dolphins program at Dolphins Plus Research Center allows authorized paying customers the...

  5. Save the Sharks? How Negative Perceptions of Sharks Hinders Conservation

    Contributor(s):: Stephanie Reifenberg

    Sharks constitute the largest predatory fish in the ocean, with no natural marine predators of their own. Yet one visitor species to the ocean realm does significantly predate on sharks: humans. While the overexploitation of oceanic fish and marine mammals is widely recognized, the drastic...

  6. Conservation, Captivity, and Whaling: A Survey of Belize Whalewatching Tourists' Attitudes to Cetacean Conservation Issues

    Contributor(s):: Katheryn W. Patterson

    With whalewatching activities and associated expenditures increasing annually,  governments in coastal countries possess a large vested interest in the continued growth  and protection of whale populations and the associated tourism. In 2007 and 2008, a  survey investigating...

  7. Public Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceptions Towards Dolphins and Dolphin Conservation

    Contributor(s):: Whitney Denham

    In 2015, an online survey was conducted to investigate public attitudes toward key  cetacean (whale, dolphin, and porpoise) conservation and 'hot topic' issues such as  legislative protection, whaling, and captivity (n=858). Importance of the use of social  media by...

  8. Selling Conservation? The Role of Volunteer Tourism in Supporting Marine Conservation in Southern Belize

    Contributor(s):: Kathleen Georgia Brander

    Volunteer tourism is a rapidly expanding sector advertised as an alternative to conventional tourism and as a way for tourists to contribute to conservation science. This thesis examines a volunteer tourism organization in southern Belize called ReefCI and investigates how multiple stakeholders...

  9. Understanding Visitor Motivations for Attending Fee-based Animal Encounter Programs

    Contributor(s):: Sandra Huynh

    Education programs at zoos and aquariums provide opportunities for visitors to learn and garner information on animal natural history and, hopefully, conservation messaging. Fee-based programs (programs with an additional fee on top of admission prices), which are commonly employed by zoos and...

  10. Bridging troubled waters: zooarchaeology and marine conservation on Burrard Inlet, southwest British Columbia

    Contributor(s):: Nova Pierson

    For thousands of years, the Coast Salish and their ancestors relied on the abundant marine resources of the Strait of Georgia. In the Greater Vancouver area, First Nations and others are working to restore and conserve taxa which are impacted by commercial fishing, pollution, and habitat...

  11. Engaging professional mariners in marine mammal conservation

    Contributor(s):: Leah Irene Thorpe

    Due to British Columbia‚Äüs expansive coastline and limited funding for marine mammal conservation, research projects rely heavily on citizen scientists, or volunteers who contribute data. Professional mariners are an important target audience for such projects. In an attempt to increase...

  12. Harbor seal behavioral response to boaters at Bair Island refuge

    Contributor(s):: Kathlyn Snyder Fox

    Harbor seals (Phoca Vitulina Richardsi) that haul out on the banks of Corkscrew Slough within Bair Island Refuge, San Mateo County, California encounter a variety of boats along the waterway. This study documented numbers of seals and boats using Corkscrew Slough and examined...

  13. Opportunities for Public Aquariums to Increase the Sustainability of the Aquatic Animal Trade

    Contributor(s):: Michael F. Tlusty, Andrew L. Rhyne, Les Kaufman, Michael Hutchins, Gordon McGregor Reid, Chris Andrews, Paul Boyle, Jay Hemdal, Frazer McGilvray, Scott Dowd

    The global aquatic pet trade encompasses a wide diversity of freshwater and marine organisms. While relying on a continual supply of healthy, vibrant aquatic animals, few sustainability initiatives exist within this sector. Public aquariums overlap this industry by acquiring many of the same...