CODE OF CONDUCT FOR DOLPHIN WATCHING IN THE MEKONG RIVER
Guidelines for responsible tourism have been
developed in association with the Cambodian Department of Fisheries, the Mekong River
Dolphin Research and Conservation Program and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, WDCS. Please follow the guidelines listed below, to ensure the
Irrawaddy dolphins are not harassed and are able to conduct their daily activities without
harm or stress.
PLEASE FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES TO HELP TO SAVE THE MEKONG RIVER DOLPHINS!
- DOLPHINS ARE HIGHLY INTELLIGENT ANIMALS, SENSITIVE TO DISTURBANCE AND CAN BE HIT BY VESSELS, INCLUDING THEIR PROPELLERS. WHEN WATCHING DOLPHINS, ALWAYS LET THEM DECIDE WHAT HAPPENS.
WHEN WATCHING IRRAWADDY DOLPHINS, PLEASE FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE
ALL dolphin-watching boats must be fitted with a propeller guard.
TURN OFF the motor once upstream of the dolphin group and then float downstream.
NEVER turn on the motor when dolphins are within 500m of the boat.
NEVER drive head on to, or move between, scatter or separate dolphins.
ALWAYS drive slowly and at the edges of the pool when using the motor.
SPECIAL care must be taken with mothers and young. Remember that mothers will be protective of their young, so always give them extra space and consideration.
NEVER try to swim with the dolphins, for your safety and theirs.
DO NOT dispose of any rubbish, litter or contaminants in the river.