It was signed on 20 February 2015 after an operators workshop in Reykjavík. During it’s formulation IceWhale was assisted by staff involved in whale watching and international experts. It is also based on previous work by NGO’s, guidelines, codes of conduct and general rules from whale watching operations around the world.
IceWhale expects members to participate in assessing the value of this newly created code of conduct. In the future it will be adjusted to maintain its relevance as better understanding of human cetacean interaction emerges. Some IceWhale members even facilitate research on the subject by offering their vessels as a platform for marine biologists studying the behavioural impacts of whale watching operators.