29 Mar WCA Partner attends Ocean Week in Monaco
Romina Bottazzi of WCA partner Bottazzi Whale Watch, a family company offering whale watching excursions off the Peninsula Valdes in Patagonia, Argentina, is also the Founder and President of a Non-Governmental Organisation called Fundacion Protejamos Patagonia. Translated as Let’s Protect Patagonia Foundation, the organisation was formed by residents of Peninsula Valdes with the aim of promoting environmental action that is complementary and supports its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. The organisation carries out environmental education campaigns to help protect the puma and other wildlife of the region.
In March 2019, Romina and Stephanie Stefanski also of Bottazzi Whale Watch, travelled to Monaco to attend Monaco Ocean Week 2019. In its third year the week-long event aims to actively support ocean conservation and raise awareness of the environmental issues particularly for our oceans. In partnership with Association Monaco Argentina, a not for profit association working to develop social, cultural and sporting relations between Monaco and Argentina, the event held a workshop entitled Conservation of Southern Right Whale in Patagonia, Argentina: Challenges and Success.
This session looked to discuss the impact of human activities on marine mammals, with particular focus on southern right whales off Patagonia. Romina told the story of whale watching off the Peninsula Valdes while Stephanie presented the impact responsible whale watching has on the local economy. They joined Dr. Enrique Crespo, a researcher at the Scientific Technological Center of Patagonia (CENPAT) who was recently appointed as main researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET). Dr Crespo presented about his research into the interactions between marine mammals and human activities.
Monaco Ocean Week ran from 24 to 30 March, with the session on southern right whales held on 26 March.