Research in Ecuador

Our research in Ecuador is based out of Machalilla National Park and focuses primarily on the growth of ecotourism in the area and its potential impact on the region’s humpback whales. Led by Dr. Cristina Paola Castro, the program also seeks to improve economic growth and development of local communities in Ecuador by promoting conservation and education.

Watch the Video “Migration towards Prosperity” was been presented to the 65th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission and received an enthusiastic response. This documentary sends a strong message from Ecuador and the Buenos Aires Group that whales are a more beneficial as a living resource rather than being hunted. This video reinforced the IWC’s 5 year strategic whalewatching plan in favor of protecting whales and the ocean environment.


Watch interview with Cristina Castro, Ecuador Research Director >