DOLPHIN SWIM AUSTRALIA

5th April 2017

Notice of motion.

DOLPHIN SWIM AUSTRALIA.

The Hon. MARK PEARSON (11:03): I seek leave to amend Private Members’ Business item No. 1270 outside the Order of Precedence for today of which I have given notice by omitting “first licenced” in paragraph (1) and inserting instead “first permitted”.

Leave granted.

The Hon. MARK PEARSON: Accordingly, I move:

(1)That this House commends Dolphin Swim Australia for being the first permitted wild dolphin swim in New South Wales and the first swim system of its kind worldwide.

(2)That this House notes that Dolphin Swim Australia:

(a)was given a permit to operate a wild dolphin swim encounter in the offshore waters of Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park in January 2010 and is now in its seventh season;

(b)was subject to an independently monitored and government-approved research program initially conducted over three years by cetacean expert Dr Carol Scarpaci, of Victoria University, New Zealand;

(c)conducts the operation whereby dolphins lead the way and can choose to interact or not without disruption to travelling or behavioural patterns;

(d)utilises specific “approach patterns” to dolphins, ensuring there is no separation of the pod or disruption during feeding or resting; and

(e)ensures dolphins are not habituated to the swimming activities.

Motion agreed to.