The Green Marine Wildlife Guide

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A new guide to help sea-users identify, and behave responsibly towards, marine life has been produced by The Wildlife Trusts and The Green Blue, the environment programme for the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and British Marine Federation (BMF).

The Green Marine Wildlife Guide will be launched at the 2011 London International Boat Show in January. The free guide contains beautiful, full colour illustrations of marine wildlife ranging from dolphins to jellyfish, along with key information on how to respect the space of marine animals. Under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act it is illegal to disturb wildlife, and the guide gives details of how to avoid breaking this law, providing safe distances and other advice.

Sea-users are also encouraged to report all sightings of marine animals to The Wildlife Trusts’ website. Information gathered will play a vital role in conservation work for many marine species.

Joan Edwards, head of Living Seas for The Wildlife Trusts, said: “We can all appreciate the magic of an encounter with wildlife, and how this boosts our enjoyment of the ocean. It is in all our interests to ensure our seas are Living Seas, where wildlife can thrive. We hope The Green Marine Wildlife Guide will make it easier to understand the role sea-users can play in making this happen.”

Sarah Brown from The Green Blue added: “Boaters are always keen to learn more about the wildlife they enjoy while out on their boats. This guide provides loads of important information about how to identify and enjoy wildlife without the risk of disturbance or harm to either the animals or themselves!”

The leaflet is available from The Wildlife Trusts’ website, or just click the image above for direct download.