In June 2012, a comprehensive 37-page report on the model for a marine protected area off La Gomera was published.
It is based on 15 years of intensive whale and dolphin research and was also presente d to the Scientific Committee at the 64th Conference of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Panama.
Moreover, the report was submitted to the Spanish authorities in charge in Madrid, to the environmental department of the government of the Canary Islands, and to the islands‘ Government as well as to the National Park authority on La Gomrea
The report presents the regulations necessary for the establishment of a marine protected area (MPA) and looks at the interests of the different stakeholders (e.g., fisheries, tourism, local population, etc.)
We hope that the authorities in charge will take the steps necessary for establishing a protected area for marine mammals off La Gomera based on a sustainable and ecological framework.