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. Print This Post Media contact: Hayley Mayne Tel: (08) 9360 2491 | Mobile: 0400 297 221 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Future Students, Domestic students, Murdoch achievements, Research, Animal and plant studies, environment and bioinformatics, School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology Research, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Tags: duke university, hawaiin spinner dolphin, journal of sustainable tourism, julian tyne, lars bejder, murdoch cetacean research unit, spinner dolphin, university of otago Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!