Subject: Impact of swim-with-dolphins tourist operations

Mike Williamson (m.dalebout@auckland.ac.nz)
Wed, 24 Sep 1997 3:46:07 GMT+1200

Dear Angela, 

You asked where you might be able to find some statistics regarding the 
impact of swim-with-dolphins and whale-watching operations in New
Zealand on the breeding behaviour and distribution of the species 
targeted. 

Very little research has been done anywhere in the world to date 
addressing these important questions.  A comprehensive report commissioned 
by the New Zealand Department of Conservation summarising the status 
and potential impact of these tourist operations was recently completed 
(only a fortnight ago in fact) by one of the members of our lab,
 Rochelle Constantine. I think it will still be some time before this
report is made publically available (if ever), but I can direct you to 
Rochelle's very fine MSc thesis, entitled, 'Monitoring the commercial
swim-with-dolphin operations with the bottlenose (_Tursiops truncatus_)
 and common (_Delphinus delphis_) in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.'
School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland. 1995. 
You should be able to get a copy on interloan.

If you would like to ask Rochelle some questions directly, she will be 
back from the field on Friday. 

You can e-mail her at ' r.constantine@auckland.ac.nz'.

Good luck with your project. 

Cheers


merel
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