Tourists are prohibited from swimming with dolphins in New Zealand over worries they’re”enjoying them too much.”
New Zealand’s Bay of Islands area — off the shore of the first northwest island — has seen a massive decrease in numbers of dolphins and also a considerable gain in the mortality rates for runners over the previous two decades, according to the nation’s Department of Conservation.
In an announcement to Euronews, the authorities affirmed that swimming with bottle-nose dolphins in the Bay of Islands is illegal for three decades.
Meanwhile, excursion ships are allowed to see that the mammals decreased from half an hour to 20 minutes, and only during specific times in the morning or day, to provide the dolphins period when they are undisturbed by people.
Just 19 bottle-nose dolphins now go to the region regularly.
“Research demonstrates that interactions with all the bottle-nose dolphins have a substantial effect on the inhabitants feeding and resting behavior and that individuals are’enjoying the dolphins too much,'” a spokesperson said.
The regulations will broadly impact commercial businesses offering swimming with dolphins and don’t address interactions between dolphins and personal boats. Because of this, the government is thinking about turning the Bay of Islands to a marine mammal sanctuary.
“The Bay of Islands bottle-nose dolphin people can only be protected when everybody plays their role,” the announcement said.
Dolphin-swimming is a favorite tourist activity globally, but in the past few decades, a focus on moral travel – especially in regards to creatures – has observed other nations impose limitations.
In May, Hawaii believed plans to prohibit swimming together with spinner dolphins – or’NAIA’ – on worries that mass tourism had been damaging the mammals.