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Burrunan dolphin (Tursiops australis) tourism in Port Phillip Bay, Australia: effects, implications and management

Filby, Nicole E (2016) Burrunan dolphin (Tursiops australis) tourism in Port Phillip Bay, Australia: effects, implications and management. PhD thesis, Victoria University.

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Abstract

In Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia, the endemic and vulnerable Burrunan dolphin (Tursiops australis) is the target species of a non-consumptive, economically important, dolphin-swim industry. This industry commenced in 1986, and southern Port Phillip Bay is now a key eco-tourism destination in Victoria, with 8 permitted trips daily targeting swimming with Burrunan dolphins. Although this industry has been in operation for 29 years, understanding of the occurrence, demographics, habitat use, behaviour and effects of tourism on Burrunan dolphins is limited. This lack of empirical data is of concern as it has impeded management of the Port Phillip Bay dolphin-swim industry. To ensure the sustainability of this industry, it is imperative that sound scientific data be provided so that management can make informed decisions. This study assessed the potential effects of the dolphin-swim industry on Burrunan dolphin behaviour whilst simultaneously assessing the efficacy of different management strategies.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wildlife (Marine Mammal) Regulations, tour operators, management, tourists, environmental education, dolphin habitats, dolphin behaviour, foraging, disruptions, effects of tourism, sustainable tourism, sustainability, ecotourism, compliance, cetacean tourism, biocentrism, environmental impact studies, environmental monitoring, marine protected area network,
Subjects: FOR Classification > 0502 Environmental Science and Management
FOR Classification > 1506 Tourism
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Science and Engineering
Depositing User: VU Library
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2016 01:30
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 01:30
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/32312
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