Return-path: <WHE_WILLIAM@flo.org> Received: from flo.org by VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU (PMDF V4.3-10 #8767) id <01HJCUVBFXZ40015EN@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU>; Fri, 11 Nov 1994 14:46:53 -0500 (EST) Date: Fri, 11 Nov 1994 14:52:34 -0500 (EST) From: WHE_WILLIAM@flo.org Subject: Case Study: So. Right Whale & $$ To: whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU Message-id: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT From: SMTP%"MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET" 11-NOV-1994 14:10:40.93 To: WHE_WILLIAM CC: Subj: Southern right whales too Date: Fri, 11 Nov 1994 03:29:00 UTC Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Sender: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Comments: Warning -- original Sender: tag was rbaird@SOL.UVIC.CA From: email@example.com Subject: Southern right whales too X-To: firstname.lastname@example.org To: Multiple recipients of list MARMAM <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Southern right whales too popular in Argentina BUENOS AIRES (Reuter) (11/10/94) - Southern right whales, which will attract some 40,000 visitors to the Valdes peninsula on Argentina's South Atlantic coast by December, are threatened by the growth of tourism, a conservation group said Thursday. The southern right whale is an endangered species whose catch has been banned by the International Whaling Commission. Around 500 of the barely 3,000 still alive are drawn to the calm waters around the Valdes peninsula every year to reproduce, wean their calves and mate. The travel industry built around sightings of those whales is expected to take in between $14 million and $20 million this season. But the thousands of boat excursions that track the whales are disrupting normal breeding habits and sightings could become few and far between unless conservation rules are heeded, the Argentine Wildlife Foundation (FVSA), an affiliate of the Geneva-based World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), said. "It's a critical time when reproduction coincides with tourism," FVSA marine biologist Alejandro Vila said. He said eight of every 10 tourist boats breach conservation standards when they tour the area. "They chase the whales up against cliffs, track them in tandem instead of individually and separate the calves from the mothers," he said. Whale-watchers have shot up from 16,000 in 1991 to 33,000 in 1992 and about 40,000 this year. Among the measures successfully applied to minimize their impact has been banning boats with less than 20 passengers. Right whales reproduce only once every two or three years, meaning protection of their breeding grounds on both sides of the Atlantic is crucial, Vila said.