Laws regarding whale watching in Hervey Bay Marine Park
Under the current guidelines boat skippers are obliged by law:
- not to approach within 100m(110 yds) of any whale.
- not to approach within 300m(330 yds) if three or more other
vessels are within 300m of that whale.
- not to approach a whale head on,
- not to herd or chase or otherwise prevent the free movement
of whales, and
- not to separate a group of whales or to come between a mother
and its calf.
Within 300m of a whale, a boat skipper shall:
- manoeuvre constantly at less than four knots,
- avoid any sudden changes of direction,
- allow motors to idle before stopping and raise outboards,
- idle motors before moving off slowly until 300m away, and
- abandon contact at any sign of a whale becoming disturbed or
- Swimmers and divers shall not approach within 300m (1000 feet)
of a whale.
- You must not attempt to feed whales or to throw rubbish into
the water in the vicinity of whales.
- Aircraft must stay above 300m (1000ft) over whales.
- A helicopter cannot be used for whale watching.