Strengthening protection for whales and dolphins Wed 29 August 2012 Brian Wightman Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, today welcomed the passage of legislation through State Parliament aimed at providing greater protection for whales and dolphins. Mr Wightman said the legislation was designed to manage any interaction between humans and dolphins. "While it can be a great experience for locals and visitors alike to see these magnificent animals in our waters, we need to be able to ensure whales and dolphins are afforded adequate protection," he said. "We are committed to enhancing the protection of whales and dolphins in our waters, and this legislation is an important step forward in this area. "This amendment will allow us to satisfy our national commitment to regulate the interaction that people can have with whales and dolphins. "At the same time, though, the amendments reflect the important economic benefits of Tasmania's whale watching industry to some regional communities by supporting this industry and ensure it remains sustainable into the future."