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Tue Aug 23, 2016, 03:37 PM

AP NewsBreak: Feds Want to Ban Swimming With Hawaii Dolphins

Source: Associated Press

AP NewsBreak: Feds Want to Ban Swimming With Hawaii Dolphins

By AUDREY MCAVOY, ASSOCIATED PRESS HONOLULU Aug 23, 2016, 2:44 PM ET

Federal regulators are proposing to ban swimming with dolphins in Hawaii, a move that could imperil one of the Aloha State's most popular tourist delights and the industry that has sprung up around it.

The National Marine Fisheries Service says Hawaii's spinner dolphins the nocturnal species that humans usually frolic with are being deprived of rest during the day and becoming stressed out.

The agency was expected to announce the proposal Tuesday.

Swimming with dolphins is popular with visitors and some locals, with dozens of companies on Kauai, Oahu, Maui and the Big Island operating dolphin tours daily.

The proposed rule could shut down or greatly disrupt the industry as it now operates. That's because the ban would cover waters out to 2 nautical miles, which is where 98 percent of Hawaii's spinner dolphins rest after they've spent the night feeding. Tour companies take customers to these nearshore waters to find dolphins.

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