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Is Dolphin-Watching Sustainable in Bocas del Toro, Panama

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dc.contributor.advisor Parsons, E. Chris M. Sitar, Ashley Scarlett Marie
dc.creator Sitar, Ashley Scarlett Marie 2015-07-29T18:35:18Z 2015-07-29T18:35:18Z 2015
dc.description.abstract 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 operators’ level of concern for dolphin and environmental conservation. This project examined whether dolphin watching was negatively disrupting dolphin behaviors, and whether dolphin watching operators were following Panama’s dolphin watching regulations. This project provides informative data to assist with the establishment of more stringent dolphin watching management and enforcement, and it is hoped it will assist with the establishment of Marine Protected Areas that include important habitat for the bottlenose dolphin population in Bocas del Toro.
dc.format.extent 204 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2015 Ashley Scarlett Marie Sitar
dc.subject Environmental science en_US
dc.subject Recreation and tourism en_US
dc.subject Sustainability en_US
dc.subject behavioral effects en_US
dc.subject boat operators en_US
dc.subject Bottlenose dolphins en_US
dc.subject dolphin watching en_US
dc.subject tourist satisfaction en_US
dc.subject whale watching en_US
dc.title Is Dolphin-Watching Sustainable in Bocas del Toro, Panama
dc.type Dissertation en Doctoral en Environmental Science and Public Policy en George Mason University en

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