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DLNR Supports Proposed Swim-With-Dolphins Ban

August 24, 2016, 4:34 PM HST
* Updated August 24, 4:36 PM
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Spinner dophins. Photo source: Wikipedia.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources is supporting a proposed rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that would prohibit approaching a Hawaiian spinner dolphin within 50 yards by any means.

This would include commercial swim-with-dolphins programs.

“We believe NOAA’s preferred option is reasonable,” said Bruce Anderson, administrator of DLNR’s Division of Aquatic Resources. “Two of the five initial alternatives involved closing off entire areas designated as essential daytime habitats. We felt that was going a little too far, but we can support approach rules and eliminating swim-with-dolphins activities.”

Anderson noted that the public comment period for the proposed rule ends Oct. 23, 2016.

“We intend to comment,” Anderson said. “The proposed regulations would be in effect within two nautical miles of the main Hawaiian Islands, and within certain designated waters between Maui, Lāna‘i, and Kaho‘olawe. We will recommend NOAA expand that beyond two miles, all the way out to the limit of the Exclusive Economic Zone, which is 200 miles from shore. We don’t see a rationale for a two-mile limit.”

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Anderson also hopes NOAA will develop a plan to monitor the effectiveness of the proposed rule, once it goes into effect.

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