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Layer: Commercial Whale Watching Areas (ID: 29)

Parent Layer: Commercial Whale Watching

Name: Commercial Whale Watching Areas

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Description: The Commercial Whale Watching Areas layer depicts activity areas mapped by whale watch industry experts in 2020, using the Northeast Coastal and Marine Recreational Use Characterization Study (conducted in 2015 by SeaPlan, the Surfrider Foundation, and Point 97 under the direction of the Northeast Regional Planning Body) as a starting point. Whale watch owners, operators, naturalists, and data managers attended multiple webinars to review and discuss updates to the original data to best depict where whale watching takes place in the region, while also providing information about seasonality, species, and overall industry trends. The data are classified by the following categories: </p><ul><li><strong>General use areas</strong> reflect the full footprint of whale watch activity in the last decade (2010 – 2020) regardless of frequency or intensity</li> <li><strong>Dominant use areas</strong> include all areas routinely used by most users most of the time, according to seasonal patterns.</li> <li><strong>Transit routes</strong> include areas used for transit to and from general or dominant use areas</li> <li><strong>Supplemental areas</strong> depict areas used for closely-related activities and infrequent specialty trips.</li> <li><strong>RI Ocean Special Area Management Plan areas</strong> were mapped as part of the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management plan and are symbolized separately to reflect different data collection methodologies.</li> </ul><p>This map also shows the locations of whale watching entities in the region who have been invited to participate in data development and review. Clicking on the point locations will reveal the name of the entity, its location, and website URL. <br/> Users are encouraged to consult the metadata for additional details.

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Copyright Text: Northeast Ocean Data Portal Working Group, SeaPlan, Surfrider, and Point 97

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