Whale pro­tec­tion

Cruise Weekly - - News -

THE In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Antarc­tica Tour Op­er­a­tors (IAATO) has agreed to new manda­tory mea­sures which aim to pre­vent whale strikes.

Tak­ing ef­fect on 01 Jul in time for the up­com­ing 2019/20 sea­son, the move means cruise ships will com­mit to ei­ther a 10-knot speed cap within a spe­cific area of the Antarc­tic Penin­sula, or have an ex­tra watch­man on the bridge to mon­i­tor and record sight­ings in the same re­gion.

IAATO Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee Chair, Mark van der Hulst, said the unan­i­mous move was a “proud mo­ment for IAATO and hope­fully a defin­ing one for our in­dus­try”.

Since com­mer­cial whal­ing was banned in 1982 there has been a boom in pop­u­la­tions, sig­nif­i­cantly in­creas­ing the chances of col­li­sions with ships.

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