Marine wildlife guide for boat users

January 10th, 2011 by The Green Blue

Boat users are being urged to think about the impact they have on wildlife when at sea, with a new guide offering advice on how to behave around creatures such as dolphins.

The guide launched by the Wildlife Trusts and The Green Blue, a joint environment initiative by the Royal Yachting Association and the British Marine Federation, is being promoted at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show as part of three marine wildlife talks at the event.

The guide gives boaters advice on how not to break laws which forbid people from disturbing wildlife, including guidelines on keeping a safe distance from marine creatures and warnings against chasing animals or driving head-on towards them.

People are also being urged to report sightings of sea life such as turtles and marine mammals to help researchers discover more about species in UK waters.

For this purpose The Green Marine Wildlife Guide includes illustrations of marine mammals, ocean sunfish, leatherback turtle and jellyfish that can be seen in UK waters.

(click The Green Blue Wildlife Guide cover to download Guide)

Joan Edwards, head of the living seas campaign at the Wildlife Trusts, said: “We can all appreciate the magic of an encounter with wildlife, and how this boosts our enjoyment of the ocean.

“It is in all our interests to ensure our seas are living seas where wildlife can thrive, and we hope the Green Marine Wildlife Guide will make it easier to understand the role sea users can play in making this happen.”

Sarah Brown, from the Green Blue initiative, said: “Boaters are always keen to learn more about the wildlife they enjoy while out on their boats.  “This guide provides loads of important information about how to identify and enjoy wildlife without the risk of disturbance or harm to either the animals or themselves.”

Additional On Board Guides and resources for boaters can be found on The Green Blue website.

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