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Human-cetacean conflict solutions

Whale watching companies in Dana Point work collaboratively to ensure minimum disturbance to the whales and dolphins encountered on their tours. There are whale watching guidelines developed by the National Marine Fisheries, a division of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), to ensure that any interaction with cetaceans is done in a respectful manner with a minimal level of disturbance. Responsible whale watching can also raise awareness among the local community and foster a sense of pride and stewardship.

Each January, the Dana Point Whale Watching Association and its members, staff, crew offer Whale Safe Training to recreational boaters who operate from the Dana Point Harbor.

An annual virtual training class for boaters, “Dolphin and Whale Watching Success and Safety”, is available online to further strengthen the whale watching community on the water while observing whales, using “Whale Safe” guidelines and materials. This is also shared with various private watercraft rental companies, and “Whale Safe” materials have been created to educate renters.
The virtual training session is hosted by Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, Dana Wharf Whale Watching and the Ocean Institute.