Swim with Humpbacks on the Ningaloo now open for public comment
Over the past four years, more than 900 successful in-water interaction tours with humpback whales were conducted with about 9500 in-water participants on the Ningaloo Coastline.
The Draft Management Program for managing interactions with humpbacks along the Ningaloo Coast has now been released for public comment.
The World Heritage listed Ningaloo Coast is set to become home to the first licensed swimming with humpback whales’ industry in Western Australia, following a successful four-year trial!
The draft program focuses on commercial in-water humpback whale interactions from Exmouth and Coral Bay but also considers recreational activities, whale watching and other operations in the region.
In-water interactions with humpback whales are licensed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ (DBCA). DBCA developed the draft program in consultation with Gnulli joint management partners, commercial operators and scientists.
DBCA will review public submissions and advertise a competitive process to allocate licences for commercial in-water humpback interaction tours starting from 2021.
The public comment period will close on February 13, 2020. To find out more and have your say, visit http://www.dbca.wa.gov.au/haveyoursay