ETHICAL MARINE MAMMAL TOURISM - DOLPHINCARE-AFRICA CODE OF CONDUCT
Throughout Mozambique special species are subject to human encounters which can be detrimental to their well-being.
Take a stand and follow the code! Be aware & Take care!
The code of conduct was originally created for Dolphin Encountours and offers participants in commercial dolphin
swim programs knowledge and skills that can empower best practice for learning about marine mammals and includes in-water observations
of wild dolphins, guided by a strict code of conduct and qualified guides. We refer to this code in preparation for, during and after
in-water observations of wild dolphins. The ethical marine mammal code is based on DolphinCare-Africa research findings, obtained from
longterm fieldwork that has a reliable, repeatable and recordable methodology for observing dolphins in the wild.
•Vessels are not to approach marine mammals within 300 meters.
•Approach from the side & leave a seaward gap.
•No person will chase, herd, catch, kill, harass, feed or disturb marine mammals at any time.
•No boats are to trawl through dolphins. Reel in if dolphins are present.
•Keep a slow, steady speed without changing course 5km. Should bow-riding occur, avoid any sudden direction changes.
•Minimize noise disturbance by maintaining a slow, steady speed.
•Do not approach dolphins/whales with jet skis.
•Marine mammals have right of way.
•Refrain from interference if signs of disturbance are apparent (change of directional swimming, fast ‘escape’ swimming, extended
dive times, erratic directional surfacing, distress-related behaviours).
•Avoid mother and calf pairs / nursery pods.
•Keep noise levels to a minimum. (No shouting or loud whistling).
•Limit your viewing time to 20 minutes.
•Do not pursue if they move off.
•Limit the amount of vessels to one within 300mt.
•Refrain from swimming with marine mammals unless with authorized operators.
•If in the event you find yourself in the company of dolphins or whales in the water remain calm.
SWIM CODE In-water conduct
Once in the water stay in a group with your swim guide/facilitator.
Wait quietly for the dolphins to approach you.
Follow the dolphin swim guide/facilitator who has been trained on how to interact with the wild dolphins and monitor their behavior
Do not swim directly at the dolphins or on top of them.
Do not swim frantically towards the dolphins or after them.
Swim slowly and calmly causing as little turbulence as possible.
Under no circumstances touch dolphins.
The use of underwater scooters is not permitted.
The use of underwater camera flash is not permitted.
For more info on Ethical Marine Mammal Tourism and Info on the Dolphins of Ponta please visit http://www.dolphincenter.org/