The North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association, NIMMSA, is a platform from which members conduct stewardship activities aimed at benefiting marine mammals, the marine-based tourism industry and their respective shared environment.
NIMMSA members consist of marine-based tourism companies that operate in the waters off north-eastern Vancouver Island between Campbell River and Cape Caution. Members fit one of three membership tiers based on the nature of their business activities and abide by a shared Code of Conduct while engaged in marine mammal viewing.
The whale watching flag is flown by vessels while engaged in whale watching. The purpose of this flag is to notify transiting vessels in the area that whales are likely to be within 400 meters of the vessel flying the flag. Any transiting vessels should then apply adjustments to course and speed as deemed necessary to be in compliance with the Be Whale Wise Guidelines (will open in new window).