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Dwarf minke whale tourism monitoring program (2003--2008)

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Title: Dwarf minke whale tourism monitoring program (2003--2008)
Authors: Birtles, A.
Valentine, P.
Curnock, M.
Mangott, A.
Sobtzick, S.
Marsh, H.
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Series/Report no.: Research publication series no. 112
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Abstract: This report provides a comprehensive account of interactions with dwarf minke whales by swimming-with-whales (SWW) endorsed vessels in the Cairns/Cooktown Management Area of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park over the period 2003 to 2008. Results presented in this report are primarily based on analyses of Great Barrier Reef tourism industry-collected Whale Sighting Sheets. Key management processes and outcomes, arising from bi-annual stakeholder workshops (held pre- and post-season) during the 2003–2008 Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority-funded Dwarf Minke Whale Tourism Monitoring Program are also summarised and discussed. During the latter three years of this program, three PhD studies (by Mangott, Sobtzick and Curnock) contributed significantly to our knowledge of this unique aggregation of dwarf minke whales, their interactions with humans in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the sustainable management of these interactions. Some of the key findings of these three PhD studies are included in this report.
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