Marine Wildlife Tour Operators Course

2nd Nov 2010 Marine Wildlife Tour Operators Course

Letterfrack, Co Galway, 27-28 November 2010

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) have identified a need to develop a training course and accreditation scheme to ensure marine wildlife tour boat operators and guides can provide a professional and informative product and adopt best practices to ensure sustainable development.

In order to promote and support responsible marine wildlife tourism the IWDG are running a two-day course in Letterfrack, Co Galway on 27-28 November, 2010. The course would be delivered by Dr Simon Berrow and Conor Ryan of the IWDG. The course will take place in the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology facilities in Letterfack, Co Galway.

The course will cover:

marine mammal identification and ecology

fish (basking shark, sunfish) identification and ecology

turtle identification and ecology

seabird identification and ecology

legislation (DCMNR Marine Notice, cSAC, cSPA)

sources of resources (ENFO, websites, NGOs)

Cost is only €50 per person for the two days as the course is supported by a Biodiversity Grant from the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government through the Irish Environmental Network.

The course will be of interest to operators of marine wildlife vessels, guides and others interested in marine wildlife tourism.

Information on course can be obtained from:

Simon Berrow

Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

Merchants Quay

Kilrush

Co Clare

086 8545450, Fax: 065 9052326

simon.berrow@iwdg.ie