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Human-Wildlife ConflictComplexity in the Marine Environment$
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Megan Draheim, Francine Madden, Julie-Beth McCarthy, and Chris Parsons

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199687145

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687145.001.0001

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Conservation in Conflict

Conservation in Conflict

An Overview of Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) Management in Samaná, Dominican Republic

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(p.61) 4 Conservation in Conflict
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Human-Wildlife Conflict
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Christine Gleason

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687145.003.0004

Each year millions of tourists visit the Dominican Republic; many of these come to view North Atlantic humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in their native breeding grounds. Whale-watching excursions in Samaná Bay are co-managed by five entities, three of which are government sectors: the Dominican navy, the ministry of environment, and the ministry of tourism. The two private sectors include the whale-watching boat-owners association and a local whale-conservation nonprofit, the Centro para la Conservación y Ecodesarrollo de la Bahía de Samaná y su Entorno (CEBSE). This chapter will explore the underlying conflicts within this system, as these conflicts influence the effectiveness of the co-management system and thus impact local whale conservation. This chapter will also explore how outside entities (such as local tour operators, international tour companies, and cruise ships) play a role in the compliance levels of whale-watching guidelines and how social norms impact the situation.

Keywords:   whale watching, Dominican Republic, conservation, conflict, co-management, humpback whales

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