WR11048Distance does matter: close approaches by boats impede feeding and resting behaviour of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins
Frequencies of human–wildlife interactions are rising globally and potential impacts on animals need to be addressed through appropriate conservation management. In the present study, we verified that close approach distances by boat impede feeding and resting behaviour of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins targeted by Australia’s largest dolphin-watching industry. We recommend that existing NSW regulations regarding boat distances be upheld within management plans, not watered down. This will both sustain a viable tourism industry and minimise deleterious effects on the dolphins. Photograph by Andre Steckenreuter.