A new study reveals the impacts of whale shark mass tourism on the coral reefs in Oslob, Cebu, Philippines.
Oslob, Cebu, Philippines, December 11, 2018 - The collaborative research among the University of Hong Kong (HKU), the University of Guam (UoG), and the Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE) shows that whale shark tourism in Tan-awan, Oslob, Philippines has led to degradation of the local coral reef ecosystem. This study, which provides the first documentation of such ecological impact locally in Tan-awan, has recently been published in the scientific journal “Environmental Management”, and provided baseline data to measure future tourism management intervention and the shift towards a more sustainable tourism model.
THE GUILTY PLEASURE OF SWIMMING WITH HAND-FED WHALE SHARKS
Scientific study reveals tourist perspectives on the ethics of feeding whale sharks in Oslob, Philippines
Cebu, Philippines, April 10, 2018– A new scientific study published in the journal Tourism Management explores the ethics of feeding whale sharks to enhance tourism in Oslob, Cebu, Philippines.
A new paper from the Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines and the Centre for Integrative Ecology of Deakin University in Australia describes the effect of provisioning (attracting wildlife with food to facilitate human interaction) on the presence and migratory behaviour of the whale shark in Oslob, Cebu, Philippines.
Donsol whale shark guides call for no feeding of wildlife
PHILIPPINES, July 1, 2016 Today sees the release of the fourth campaign film from Their Future Our Future - this one starring the Butanding Interaction Officers (BIOs) and tourism staff of Donsol, Sorsogon, the Philippines first whale shark tourism destination. Their message is clear “Do not feed wildlife”.