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The humpback whale can grow up to 15 meters long and weigh 45 tons.

Manta Diving Nosy Be Achieves Pre-Certification for Friend of the Sea’s Sustainable Dolphin and Whale Watching

  (MADAGASCAR, 6/11/2020)

Friend of the Sea, the preeminent global certification standard for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment, announced today Manta Diving Nosy Be, a popular diving center in Madagascar, has achieved pre-certification for its program for Sustainable Dolphin and Whale Watching. The standard protects dolphin and whale habitats by limiting human contact, pollutants and unintentional disturbance.

“Manta Nosy Be is an impressive operation on many fronts,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “Not only do they make the entire experience of the sea fun and exciting, they have committed to protecting the environment. This helps the creatures their customers see, but it also helps their business.” Manta Nosy Be offers a wide range of diving activities along with excursions in Madagascar.

Few people know this, but during the southern winter (from late August to mid-October), the sea around Nosy Be, on the west coast of Madagascar, offers one of the most fascinating natural spectacles in the world. Large groups of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) carry out their annual migration from Antarctica to the protected waters of the Mozambique channel.

The diving center is located on Nosy Be island (Formerly Nossi-bé), a major tourist resort center off the northwest coast of Madagascar. Their programs mainly spot humpback whales (Megaptera novaeanglie) from late August to the beginning of October. They allow guests to see three species of dolphins all year round. In some cases, guests can even see Omura’s whale (Balaenoptera omurai) and the Bryde’s whale (Balenoptera edeni) in May and from October through December.

The standard sets a maximum number of vessels in the area at any one time. It limits maximum approach speed and distance between the boats and the dolphins. At the same, it prohibits swimming with the animals and the use of single-use plastics on board the tour boats. Customers can interact with Friend of the Sea, giving feedback on the tour. 

Especially in the month of September, where the concentration of individuals is greater, occasionally they can even be seen puffing or jumping directly from the shore, but the best way to admire them in all their majesty and tenderness, is certainly on board a fast motorboat with a specialized guide who can reveal to you every secret of these marine mammals.

“For along time, Manta Diving Nosy Be had been looking for an organization that would embrace its modus operandi, committing to respect nature and safeguard the environment through information. Finally, the knowledge of Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea arrives, with regards not only to the marine environment and its animals, but also to the many activities that take place with it. Receiving Friend of the Sea certification,” says Manta Diving Nosy Be, “and being an active part of this project makes us proud and increasingly motivated in transmitting the same strong values as Friend of the Sea”.

The humpback whale is a social animal that lives in small groups that migrates seasonally to the South Pole, where it goes to feed itself, to tropical waters to mate and reproduce covering distances of 20000 km per season.

About Friend of the Sea

Friend of the Sea is currently a project of the World Sustainability Organization, an international trademark registered with humanitarian and environmental conservation mission. Friend of the Sea has become the leading certification standard for products and services which respects and protects the marine environment. The certification awards sustainable practices in Fisheries, Aquaculture, Fishmeal and Omega 3 Fish Oil. Friend of the Sea also promotes pilot projects related to restaurants, sustainable shipping, whale and dolphin-watching, aquaria, ornamental fish, UV creams and others.

Friend of the Sea is the only sustainable fisheries certification programme recognised and supervised globally by a National Accreditation Body. Several benchmarks have confirmed the strength and reliability of the Friend of the Sea certification and chain of custody.

Source: Friend of the Sea

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