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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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Best Practice and Interpretation Tourist/Wildlife Encounters: A Wild Dolphin Swim Tour Example

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This report focuses on one component of a wider study of tourist-dolphin interaction and includes an Industry Manual, available as a separate hardcopy. The wider study consisted of a quantitative survey, with a sample of 1300 shore and boat-based visitors, and a population survey of 230 swim tour participants. It also included qualitative input from staff members at the Dolphin Discovery Centre, Koombana Bay, Bunbury, Western Australia, with regards to management issues. Included with this report will be an industry focused best practice manual concentrating specifically on the procedures of dolphin swim-tour operations.

by Fleur ONeill, Sam Barnard and Diane Lee

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Best Practice and Interpretation Tourist/Wildlife Encounters: A Wild Dolphin Swim Tour Example

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