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Whale Watching Regulations Promulgated

Regulations under section 30 of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance have been promulgated to impose strict guidelines for those engaged in operating whale-and-dolphin watching trips. The regulations are intended to ensure to the greatest extent, possible, the peaceful and natural existence of all marine mammals and to regulate vessels used by visitors for the purpose of observing such marine mammals in Sri Lankan waters.

It covers licensing and Certificate of Fitness for vessels, insurance for vessels and passengers, onboard equipment requirements, fees to be levied, guidelines for conduct when the mammals are sighted and restrictions.

The regulations known as the Sea Mammals (Observation, Regulation and Control) Regulations, No. 1 of 2012 have been published in English, Sinhala, and Tamil.

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