The Eco-Whale Alliance : A commitment to whale protection

The Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park is one of the best places in the world for whale watching. Hundreds of whales make it their annual destination after a long migration of thousands of kilometers.

In recognition of this unique natural treasure and of the potential of whales watching to raise awareness, six marine tour business owners, Parcs Québec, Parks Canada and the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) have come together to ensure the responsible practice and sustainable development of whale watching activities in the Marine Park.

Since five years, the members of the Eco-Whale Alliance works on a continuous improvement approach to ensure the whale watching activities in the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park become a model of sustainable use. This positive turn, focused on collaboration, allowed to develop and to implement the best practices in the industry.

Member companies and their employees contribute to achieving the objectives of the Eco-Whale Alliance through their commitment in providing unique and enriching excursions, practiced in the utmost respect of the whales. The marine park visitors can encourage the efforts of Eco-Whale Alliance by choosing a sea excursion company identified by this logo.
The objectives of the Eco-Whale Alliance are:
Raising public awareness of conservation;
Limiting the impact of marine observation activities on the whales;
Monitoring the resource and the effectiveness of management measures;
Implementing responsible practices from an environmental, social and economic point of view;
Working in collaboration with tourism, research and conservation groups.

Whale watching cruises, when practiced in an environmentally-friendly manner, are wonderful activities that raise awareness of the beauty and fragility of our planet.
-Jean Lemire, Biologist and Film Director