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Dolphin SMART Program Launched

Dolphin SMART is a unique voluntary recognition and education program encouraging responsible viewing of wild dolphins. Program participation is for commercial businesses conducting and booking wild dolphin tours, or any commercial vessel that may opportunistically view wild dolphins. The Dolphin SMART program offers participation incentives for businesses that follow the program criteria and educate their customers about the importance of minimizing wild dolphin harassment. It also includes an important research component that provides insight about the daily lives of the local, wild dolphin populations.

Stay back 50 yards from dolphins

Move away cautiously if dolphins show signs of disturbance

Always put your engines in neutral when dolphins are near

Refrain from feeding, touching, or swimming with wild dolphins

Teach others to be Dolphin SMART

Mission: To promote responsible stewardship of wild dolphins in coastal waterways.

Dolphin SMART Program Purpose:

  • Minimize the potential of wild dolphin harassment caused by commercial viewing activities.
  • Reduce expectations of close interaction with wild dolphins in a manner that may cause harassment.
  • Eliminate advertising that creates expectations of engaging in activities that may cause harassment.
  • Promote stewardship of local coastal waterways.

Dolphin SMART is a partnership program developed by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and National Marine Fisheries Service, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, and the Dolphin Ecology Project.

  2007  /  Management  /  Last Updated September 12, 2012 by LMM118  /