Effect of tourism on marine mammals
Viewing marine mammals in New Zealand is a memorable experience. With half of the world's cetaceans (dolphins and whales) having been sighted in our waters, New Zealand really is a hot spot for viewing these beautiful animals!
As demand for viewing experiences with marine mammals has increased, so too has the pressure on these animals by both tourism and recreational vessels. Numerous studies have documented the effects reckless viewing can have on marine mammals – these include changes in behaviour, boat strike, and reducing the opportunity for feeding, resting, and socialising.
We can all play our part in making marine mammal viewing in New Zealand sustainable now and into the future.
How you can help
Recreational boat operators: Learn more about boating around marine mammals.
Visitors: Choose a SMART Operator when boating in areas where there are marine mammals. SMART operators are leaders in sustainable marine mammal viewing through intensive staff training, responsible advertising, and education.
Commercial boat operators: Contact your local DOC office to find out how to participate in the SMART Operator Programme.
Activity: Waka tours from Kaiteriteri & in Abel Tasman National Park
Phone: 0800 9252 28 (WAKA AT)
Activity: Small group scenic cruises and charters exploring the Abel Tasman National Park coastline
Phone: 0800 22 35 22
Activity: Nature and sea kayak tours in Akaroa
Phone: +64 3 304 8542
Many thanks to NZ King Salmon who has contributed to the online training for commercial operators.
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