Thursday, January 17, 2008

NOAA and Partners Recognize Newest Business to Join Dolphin SMART Program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration have an announcement on a third company being approved for the Dolphin SMART program, which is designed to protect wild dolphins. NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and its partners accepted the third charter operator into a new program created to help protect wild dolphins in the Keys. Key West Eco Tours officially joined the Dolphin SMART program after successfully meeting standards that promote responsible viewing of dolphins in the wild. The acronym “SMART” is a reminder of the basic principles of dolphin viewing etiquette:
  • Stay at least 50 yards from dolphins

  • Move away slowly if the dolphins show signs of disturbance

  • Always put your vessel engine in neutral when dolphins are near

  • Refrain from feeding, touching or swimming with wild dolphins

  • Teach others to be Dolphin SMART.

(Picture credit: NOAA)

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