The European Coastal Union

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The Coastal Union

The Coastal Union

Europe offers ample opportunity for Whale and Dolphin watching, as millions of people have already experienced. Whale watching has over the years become a booming business, replacing the killing of whales by watching them - with the exception of Norway and Japan. This year, in Europe alone, more than 2 million people are expected to participate in a trip to see whales and dolphins, spending almost 200 million EUR. Watching whales and dolphins has socio-economic benefits for local people, as many fishermen have found another job and a future. And you, as a visitor, can enjoy a spectacular and educational experience - if you are lucky and if the operators behave as they should, because a report presented by EUCC-The Coastal Union indicates that only a minority of whale watching operators is willing to report on their environmental performance and many of them do not adopt guidelines to limit impacts on the animals and the marine environment.
In a pursuit of short-term profits not all operators have enough respect for the animals, and their boats often move too fast and too close to them. The resulting impacts of noise, pollution and disturbance on whales and dolphins can be considerable. Australian research has shown that cetaceans that were disturbed too much suffered from reduced reproduction. Several international organisations have consequently developed minimum guidelines aimed at providing a framework for local or national regulations.
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