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Welcome to SABBWWA
Written by SABBWWA   
Monday, 26 May 2008

MISSION STATEMENT OF SABBWWA

(South African Boat-Based-Whale-Watching Association)

Humpback WhaleTo create a self-regulatory model of a clearly defined and controversial tourism sector, in accordance with the basic guidelines for Responsible Tourism and the   development and adherence to Best Practice principles.

Through the promotion and involvement of communities and individuals from all racial groups, care for the environment, and the professional efforts of its members, the Association proves that South Africa can compete with the best in the world.

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Whale Watching Season Started
Written by SABBWWA   
Monday, 26 May 2008
The Whale Season has started once again, with the arrival of these protected species close inshore along our coastline. They are great animals to view and experience, but are nevertheless still protected under the Marine Living Resources Act.

In terms of the Act, no person may approach a whale closer than 300metres without a Permit. These Permits are issued by DEAT ( Marine and Coastal Management, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism ) after an extensive period of application and successful applicants having to adhere a strict code of conduct and stringiest training methods on how to approach whales from the correct angle.
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Regulations
Written by SABBWWA   
Monday, 26 May 2008


In terms of Regulations of the Marine Living Resources Act (1998):


* It is an offence to approach any whale closer than the 300m’s without a permit.

* There is LEGAL boat-based-whale-watching Permit holders in certain areas.

* No cow-calf whale pairs may be approached by anyone.

*Clients are advised to ensure that their operator has a permit to approach whales closer than 300m.

* Clients on board and illegal vessel may be charged with contravening these regulations if the operator approaches a whale closer than 300m’s.

* YOUR CURRENT LEGAL PERMIT HOLDER S IN SOUTH AFRICA IS LISTED HERE .
 
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