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Human-cetacean conflict solutions

In 2009, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority zoned a Whale Protection Area in recognition of the Whitsundays being a significant calving ground for humpback whales. Within the protection area, approach distances for all air and sea-based vessels were increased to provide added protection for whales. This added distance directly benefits new mums who are given added space to care for their calves with less human interference and a lesser probability of strike. Check out the current regulations around whales in the Whitsunday Whale Protection Zone. Education and citizen science campaigns aim to raise awareness and create stewards for whales and all other marine life in the Whitsundays.