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Master of Environmental Science and Management: Master's Group Project

Whales, Vessels, and Fish: Economic Valuation of Whale Watching and Marine Spatial Planning Surrounding Dominica

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Group Members: Laura Ingulsrud, Shellby Johnson, Callie Steffen, Sidney Gerst

Faculty Advisors: James Frew

Client: Dominica Sperm Whale Project


Project Proposal
Final Presentation
Final Report


To reduce the risk of vessel strikes on the Caribbean community of sperm whales off the coast of Dominica, this project created a dynamic marine spatial plan for the coast waters of Dominica and proposed shipping lanes that will avoid high suitable habitat of sperm whales. By addressing the threats to these animals, this project can help ensure the ongoing survival of the sperm whale community and their contribution of Dominica's economy.

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