One of the key lessons learned since the establishment of the voluntary marine protected area – the Marine Heritage Coast – in 1992, has been that education is a vitally important management tool.
By informing people of the potential problems to the bottlenose dolphin population of some recreational activity, particularly power boating and dolphin watching, much can be achieved to limit any negative impacts on the animals. There is considerable support for this view, and the plan therefore identifies a number of projects that will aim to:
- Ensure that all visitors and boat users are aware of the existence and objectives of the SAC.
- Provide interpretation and education that will generate interest, appreciation and a commitment to conserve the bottlenose dolphins and the other SAC features.
See the raising awareness pages for more information.