Tenerife is a popular tourist destination. Unfortunately, tourism can negatively impact marine life, including whale species. Our project supports research in the region. Research plays a crucial role in monitoring the effects of tourism in Tenerife. It helps measure changes in population dynamics, study habitat degradation, and develop sustainable management strategies. It guides conservation and responsible tourism efforts to ensure the long-term well-being of whale and marine populations.
Tenerife is one of the best places in the world for whale watching. This, along with its unique marine biodiversity, brings in many tourists keen to experience the wonder of Tenerife. Construction, pollution, and increased coastal traffic can negatively impact the overall health of the marine ecosystem, affecting whales and their habitats. Extensive research requires equipment, human resources, time and planning, which is challenging for local organisations to achieve.
Monitoring whales and other species in this protected area can help us better understand the impact of climate change and human behaviour in the region. We will work with partners such as GEMAR to utilise local knowledge and ensure this project can be sustained in the longer term. Data from our monitoring and research will be used to plan actions, including education programs for tourists and local students to help them understand how we can work together to protect this unique environment.
Continuous data on whales, dolphins, and other marine species help conservationists and local agencies develop actions to protect the region now and in the future. Tenerife students and families will be educated on protecting the environment so future generations can enjoy the island's unique biodiversity. We'll work with partners to educate tourists, emphasising reducing negative impacts. Local stakeholders will be trained in data collection to ensure the ongoing monitoring of the region.