Being Dolphin Friendly

Increasing pressure from human activities and threats are adding stress to the oceans at an unprecedented rate. These pressures and threats are causing increases in pollution, loss of habitat, loss of prey, decreased health and population declines in dolphin populations. It is up to all of us to make a change for the benefit of dolphins, humans and our Planet. Through small changes, a global shift if possible!

Here’s a few simple Dolphin Friendly tips which will help to conserve and protect dolphins and their ocean habitats.

Best Practice Fishing

  1. Give dolphins their SPACE keep a distance of at least 50m away;  if dolphins approach put engine into neutral.
  2. If dolphins show interest in your fishing practice and bait slowly move away.
  3. Don’t cast your line towards a dolphin.
  5. Never try to pull in a dolphin that is hooked or entangled – if the hook is not fully set, try to put slack on the line giving the dolphin time to try and release itself; if the hook is set cut the line as close and safely possible to the dolphin.
  6. CHECK your gear and tackle regularly – make sure they are in good condition and not likely to break.
  7. USE  circle hooks or those that can corrode. Any hook other than stainless steel will dissolve faster reducing impact.
  8. STOW used fishing line responsibly recycle/dispose of used and broken  fishing lines
  9. AVOID throwing leftover bait, fish or rubbish overboard dolphins quickly learn to associate boats with food and can get dangerously close to lines and boat propellers
  10. Leave only your wake behind

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Don’t Feed Wild Dolphins

Unpermitted feeding or attempting to feed dolphins is prohibited under Australian Law

  • Dolphins are wild intelligent animals, naturally born to hunt live prey.
  • Hand feeding alters their natural behaviour and can have serious consequences.
  • They start to become dependent to what is the equivalent of fast food.
  • This addiction can lead to them begging for food, stealing bait and catch from lines, becoming aggressive, isolated or even worse injured or DEAD!
  • Dolphins teach each other! The young of mothers who rely on hand feeding never learn how to naturally forage, care for or protect their young.
  • Long exposure to human disturbances may lead to a decrease in population within the area.

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Keeping the dolphins safe keeps you safe!

Please have respect and keep your distance!

It is up to all of us to care for



Dolphin Friendly House Cleaning – Keeping your House Clean & Our Waterways too!

There are many harmful substances in commercial household products that can affect both your health, the health of our waterways and oceans.  By using such products full of nasty chemicals, you’re not just cleaning your dishes or your car, but harming and degrading our coastal and marine environment.  Many of the products that get washed down the sink, down the drain or spilt accidentally get washed into our streams, rivers and out to sea – where the dolphins and their prey live.

To make the change to become more dolphin friendly is easy!! Here’s some things for you to look out for when choosing you next cleaning products – and some helpful links for you to keep your house clean and our waterways!

With so many cleaners out there claiming to be environmentally friendly or free from this that and the other it is hard to know what to buy. But with some research and know-how you can make your house clean without harming the environment.

The first step is to know the ingredients in your cleaner. Always read the label and if ingredients are vague such as ‘fragrance’ call the customer service line of the company to get a proper list. Another way to tell if the product is dolphin and people friendly the product is to know a few of the key chemicals that are harmful to both health and the environment. The list below includes some of the chemicals commonly found in cleaners, however, it by no means includes all of them. For more chemicals and their effects please see the links at the end of the article.

For a further list containing more harmful chemicals please see the following link:

So with all these chemicals to look out for it can seem hard to find products that are safe, but there are alternatives to the many commercially available products. It is possible to do the majority of your household cleaning jobs with just vinegar, sodium bicarbonate (also known as bi-carb soda) and lemons! They offer a safe, hygienic alternative to many different products and cover a wide array of uses. The following links discuss some of the uses of these products as well as some eco cleaning recipes!

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Having a Dolphin Friendly Christmas Series

In 2013, we are giving you the 12days of Christmas, with hints and tips on how to have a Green Dolphin Friendly festive season.

Issue 1 of the Dolphin Research Australia Being Dolphin Friendly Festive Season Special 2013

– Choosing the right personal products (cosmetics, sunscreens and candles)

Issue 2 of the Dolphin Research Australia Being Dolphin Friendly Festive Season Special 2013

– The problems with plastics and how to avoid unnecessary use

Issue 3 of the Dolphin Research Australia Being Dolphin Friendly Festive Season Special 2013

– Choosing the right toys and gifts for your children