Sydney Harbour Boat Tours has become Sydney’s first boat tour operator to be recognised with Eco Tourism certification for its ‘Icons, Bays & Beaches’ tour and private charters.
Ecotourism Australia measured a number of factors, including the company’s environmental policies and management, its work with the Little Penguin habitat at Sydney Harbour National Park and its partnership with plastic pollution campaigner Take3fortheSea.
Sydney has the most densely populated coastline in Australia and one of the world’s busiest harbours, and according to Sydney Harbour Boat Tours owner Mark Dalgleish, one of the biggest ecological issues facing the harbour is the rubbish generated by such high numbers of commercial and pleasure craft, combined with periodic high winds and the many drains and creeks running into the harbour.
“Despite the harbour’s beauty we still find plastic bottles & bags, broken glass and boat debris washed onto beaches. As part of our beach-landing tour we encourage guests to pick up 3 pieces of rubbish and put them on the boat. Each year we remove hundreds of kilos of debris, which is doing our bit to help protect the penguins and seals that inhabit the areas we visit and conserve these magnificent waterways.” says Dalgleish.
In awarding the certification, Ecotourism Australia commended the company, “… since they operate in marine areas, the protection of the water is important to Sydney Harbour Boat Tours, who minimise negative impacts via recycling and correct waste disposal.”
About Sydney Harbour Boat Tours
Sydney Harbour Boat Tours operates small-group, locally focused experiences, visiting some of Sydney’s most beautiful harbourside bays, beaches and national parks.
For further details contact Mark Dalgleish:
+61 418 196 160
About Ecotourism Australia
Ecotourism Australia (EA) is a not-for-profit organisation, focused on inspiring environmentally sustainable and culturally responsible tourism. They design and deliver certification programs for tourism products, representing more than 500 environmentally responsible ecotourism operators and 1,600 products across Australia.