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Boaters Best Practice - Wildlife

Follow The Green Blue’s top tips to make the most of your encounters with wildlife, and keep you and your boat safe.

  • The rule of thumb is to stay at least 100m away from marine wildlife in the water and 50m away from marine wildlife on cliffs and rocks.
  • Use binoculars to get a better view rather than getting closer.
  • As a general principle, travel at a speed that allows you to take action if needed to avoid a collision.
  • If marine wildlife appears alongside your boat, maintain course at a steady speed. When they leave don’t follow.
  • If you spot signs of distress leave the area immediately.
  • Avoid steering into rafts of birds on the water.
  • Avoid splitting mother and young, such as seals and pups.
  • Keep a depth of water under the boat and use designated launching and landing locations to protect shallows and shoreline habitats.
  • Anchor with care by using existing mooring buoys if available or deploying your anchor correctly to avoid drag or scouring.