Sunday, May 20, 2007

Whale Watching season

The Boat Based Whale Watching season is starting within the next week !
The 1st Humpback Whales have been spotted off the coast .

This is the time of the year again when the whales migrate along this
coastline to breed and calf .

Please again like every other year just make sure your clientele goes with a
LEGAL BOAT - BASED - WHALE - WATCHING permit holder , in the event of ANY
accident no client will have any claim whatsoever if they were on a illegal
vessel .Even an unknowing client is entitled to be charged if they are on an
illegal vessel .

There is ONLY 9 LEGAL Boat Based Whale Watching Permit holders in South
Africa , of which ADVANTAGE CHARTER in St Lucia is currently the ONLY LEGAL
permit holder in KZN allowed to approach the Whales as close as 50m's .

You can go onto the web page www.cometcorp.org to see who the 9 LEGAL
operators are in South Africa , and to read the Marine Living Resources Act
on Boat Based Whale Watching .

Legislation will soon be gazetted as well to restrain anybody from
advertising Dolphin or Whale Watching if they don't mention which permit
holder they are advertising for .Dolphins are in fact toothed whales , and
the Whale Watching Permit will soon become a Cetacea permit , including
Dolphins , Whales and Seals .

All law enforcement authorities will be enforcing the law on any illegal
operator throughout the season , especially law enforcement officers from
Marine and Coastal Management . The same as the entire tourism industry
being concessioned and permitted on public transport , game vehicles ,shark
cage diving operators , diving concession operators , adventure activities
etc , - tour operators , lodge owners , booking agents should know to
always book their cleintele on LEGAL permit holders throughout the industry
.

Please feel free to ask for an operators permit at any time , and also proof
of their public liability insurances to cover yourself and your clientele .

Warm Zululand( iSimangaliso ) Regards
Riƫtte Bennett
St Lucia Tours & Charters t/a Advantage Cruiser CC
web site: www.advantagetours.co.za
e-mail : advantage@zululink.co.za
+27 (0)35 - 5901259
+27 (0)35 - 5901053 (fax)
cell : 083 487 2762

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