Provide training to vessel operators on mammal behaviour and appropriate avoidance techniques
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This intervention involves providing training to vessel operators on marine and freshwater mammal behaviour and appropriate avoidance techniques. Mammals may not be sighted until they are in relatively close range of a vessel, such that a rapid response is required to avoid the animal, particularly when vessels are travelling at high speeds. Equipping vessel operators with appropriate knowledge and techniques to avoid mammals may reduce the risk of collisions. Training may be carried out with visual aids or simulators, as well as on board vessels.
See also Provide educational materials at marinas and ports to encourage vessel operators to carry out safe practices around mammals (e.g. signs, leaflets).
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This Action forms part of the Action Synopsis:Marine and Freshwater Mammal Conservation
Marine and Freshwater Mammal Conservation - Published 2021
Marine and Freshwater Mammal Synopsis