Call to protect spinner dolphins in Hawaii

December 23, 2014

Copyright: Julian Tyne

A team of researchers have called for urgent action to be taken to protect wild spinner dolphins from the effects of tourism in Hawaii.

Academics from Murdoch University, Duke University and the University of Otago have released a report that calls for a combination of federal regulations and community-based conservation measures to protect the dolphins while also maintaining the local tourism industry.

Each year hundreds of thousands of tourists in Hawaii pay to have up close encounters with the animals, swimming with them in their rest bays. But as visitor numbers increase so do the pressures on the dolphins.

Professor Lars Bejder and Julian Tyne from the Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit are co-authors on the report which was published in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism.

The researchers conducted detailed assessments of how each bay was used, and the ways in which different groups of users interacted with and affected dolphins.

Read more on the research here.

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