The Canadian firm, Eagle Eye Adventures, awarded the first WCA global responsible whale watching certification
In being awarded the certification, Eagle Eye Adventures, based in the Campbell River area of Vancouver Island in Canada, have demonstrated a commitment to ensuring that animal welfare, sustainability, and a high quality customer experience are at the heart of their company. For example:
- Customers learn about whales and dolphins in the local area during their tour, including the threats that they face, and how customers can help protect them;
- Eagle Eye Adventures use innovative range finding technology to guarantee that its boats stay outside of the minimum approach distances to the animals; and
- The company have also invested in a local environmental schools education programme as part of a collective of local tour operators.
The Responsible Whale Watching certification programme was developed by scientists, whale watching businesses, and marine conservation charities in over 40 countries, all represented through the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA). WCA CEO Dylan Walker highlights:
WCA Responsible Whale Watching certification will provide customers with a clear label that stands for quality and environmental responsibility. I have to say that certification as a WCA Responsible Whale Watching operator represents absolute best practice so Eagle Eye Adventures have set a very high benchmark.