the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources officially launched the 2022 humpback whale (Megaptera Novaeangliae) watching season, with the signing of a interinstitutional agreement who will ensure the proper development of this station and will propose improvements to the management of Banco de la Plata and La Navidad, in addition to the bay of samanato safeguard human life and ensure the conservation and protection of the sanctuary and species.
The marine mammal observation season, baptized this year: “A dance that perpetuates the species”, will take place from this From Saturday January 15 to Thursday March 31, for Samaná Bay and until Friday April 15 for Banco de La Plata in Puerto Plata.
Like last year, the Environment has ensured that the observation season takes place under a strict health protocol to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and its variants.
Signing of the Marine Mammal Observation Management Agreement 2022 was signed by the Minister of the Environment, Orlando Jorge Mera; the Ministry of Tourism; Vice Admiral of the Navy, Ramón Gustavo Betances; the mayor of Santa Bárbara de Samaná, Nelson Antonio Núñez.
“This year with the humpback whale visit day, the Dominican Republic is getting dressed again and we hope to have the help of Dominicans, Dominicans and tourists who will be able to take advantage of this magnificent opportunity to see the humpback whales that come mate here in this area,” said Orlando Jorge Mera.
With this agreement, the management committee of the Marine Mammal Sanctuary Banks of La Plata and The Navidad is formed for an observation season where sustainable management instruments are used to guarantee the physical integrity of whales and visitors.
Anyone wishing to join this humpback whale watching season can do so from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The sanitary measures that the Ministry of the Environment has ordered that must continue are the recurring disinfection of all ships. In addition to having allegorical signs to the health protocol to prevent the spread of covid-19.
Similarly, boats must comply with the provisions of the Dominican Armed Forces regarding the capacity of persons who may travel, following the guidelines of the Ministry of Health to maintain physical distancing.
Similarly, each of the captains of these ships must provide visitors with disinfectant gel, take the temperature, and provide a mask.
Vessels operating in observation areas must also have a communication radius, and when it comes to vessels less than 30 feet in length, all passengers must be supervised.
Another of the points established to safeguard the life of these mammals is that all ships must monitor and control compliance with the regulations established for the observation of marine mammals from the shores of La Plata and La Navidad and in Samaná Bay, contained in the Bancos de la Plata and La Navidad Marine Mammal Sanctuary Management Plan.
In this whale watching season, unnecessary engine noise, smoke and horns are not permitted for all boats sailing inside the sanctuary.