Dolphin and whale watching – usually consisting of boat trips to see a range of marine life – makes an important contribution to numerous economies and it’s an industrial sector taking off in many other countries.
The income that it brings represents an economic opportunity for many communities around the world. However, the rapid increase of whale watching organisations and the size of used vessels are known to affect the behaviour of cetaceans, migratory patterns and breathing cycles.
Our standard helps operators assess threats, promote best practices and support a responsible and sustainable industry.
Friend of the Sea Dolphin and Whale Watching standard seeks to minimise unintentional disturbance through key principles of conduct.
Friend of the Sea criteria for Sustainable Dolphin and Whale Watching require:
Did you take part in a dolphin and whale watching tour with one of our certified operators? Give us your opinion! Write to email@example.com and share with us on Facebook and Instagram photo and video of the tour by tagging #friendofthesea
Would you like to receive a quotation for Friend of the Sea audit and royalties to use our logo?
Please fill out the online Preliminary Information Form (PIF) and send back to firstname.lastname@example.org :