(11-29-2012, 08:43 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote: Dolphin watching boats may pose risk to dolphin forgaging spots.
Quote: It concluded that foraging hotspots should be considered sensitive to disturbance by boats and that such activity should be kept to a minimum in such areas. However, there was less need for restrictions in areas where boating activity was predictable and where it did not seek contact with the animals.
Ben Leyshon, of SNH, said: “We aim to produce a tool that can inform future development while recognising we have a duty to protect the wild mammals in our waters.”
George Farlow, vice-chairman of Highland Council’s planning, environment and development committee, said: “This is an important piece of work which will support future sustainable development within the Moray Firth, while ensuring that we afford bottlenose dolphins the protection they deserve.”
I'm sort of against elimination of apex predators because of negative effects on the food chain (dolphins, sharks, wolves, tuna, etc.). On the other hand we will have to feed 9 billion people eventually and someone has to think through how to do that and what the environment will look like.
Unique - why is this such a hot button issue for you?