You will be required to comply with these guidelines if you intend to observe and / or interact with whales and dolphins for commercial purposes. The purpose of the guidelines is to ensure that the animals are not harmed or disturbed.
Whales and dolphins may be disturbed by the presence of people, whether they are on the land, in a boat or aircraft as well as activities such as swimming and diving, feeding, touching, and making noise. The potential problems from disturbance may include disruption of behaviour, displacement from important habitat areas, and reduced breeding success.
These guidelines provide a consistent national policy for the management of whale and dolphin watching.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.