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Sea turtles have lived in the world’s oceans for over 150 million years. Sadly, these ancient reptiles are now globally threatened with extinction. Many populations are declining as a result of persistent hunting, increasing coastal development, incidental capture in fisheries, the degradation and destruction of nesting beaches, and marine pollution.     These simple guidelines by The Coral Reef Alliance are designed to help marine and reef operators protect these beautiful creatures.

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Good Environmental Practices: Turtle Watching

 

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Originally founded in 1994 to galvanize the dive community for conservation, CORAL has grown from a small, grassroots alliance into the only international nonprofit organization that works exclusively to unite communities to protect our planet’s coral reefs. In this easy-to-follow guide, CORAL provides valuable do’s and don’ts when dolphin and whale watching.

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Good Environmental Practices: Whale & Dolphin Watching

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Underwater cleanups are a great way to help protect the marine environment. However, there are some special considerations when cleaning up under water, especially in fragile coral reef environments.  To make this easier for reef operators, the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) has put together these simple guidelines.

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Good Environmental Practices: Underwater Clean-up

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This study investigated the issues surrounding iconic wildlife in terms of both visitor perceptions and experiences and also in terms of the economic contribution of visitors to the destination. The methods employed consisted of a literature review and development and distribution of questionnaires to visitors and tour operators  and an interview of managers at Monkey Mia, Western Australia and Hervey Bay, Queensland.

by Amanda Smith, David Newsome, Diane Lee and Natalie Stoeckl

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Role of Wildlife Icons as Major Tourist Attractions: Case Studies - Monkey Mia Dolphins and Hervey Bay Whale Watching

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Dolphin Tourism: Impact of Vessels on the Behaviour and Acoustics of Inshore Bottlenose Dolphins

Categories: Fauna, Oceania, Pacific, Planet, Transportation
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This report contains background information on the dolphin tourism industry, the impacts of vessel-based encounters on the behaviour and acoustics of wild dolphins, and the management of dolphin-human encounters. The report outlines the methods and results of a study investigating the influence of different types of vessels (motor vessel, yacht and kayak) on the behaviour and acoustics of dolphins in a region with relatively low levels of human activities. The results of this study may be used as a baseline for further research in this field where dolphins have had long-term or more intensive exposure to vessels and other human activities. A discussion comparing the findings of this research to other studies is provided, together with recommendations for improvement of current dolphin-watching guidelines and management regulations in Australia.

By Elizabeth R  Hawkins and Don F Gartside

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This  best practice manual concentrates specifically on the procedures of dolphin swim-tour operations. It is a knowledge product developed from the research findings of the technical report Best Practice and Interpretation Tourist/Wildlife Encounters: A Wild Dolphin Swim Tour Example.

by Fleur ONeill, Sam Barnard and Diane Lee

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Best Practice Guidelines for Dolphin Swim Tour Operations Industry Manual : A Dolphin Discovery Center Example

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