Locals and visitors to Tin Can Bay can continue to enjoy the memorable experience of feeding wild dolphins following a review of the program by the Palaszczuk Government.
Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said visitors to this idyllic inlet had been feeding dolphins at Tin Can Bay for well over 30 years.
“The owners of Barnacles Café were granted permission in 2013 to conduct the feeding program under an arrangement that included strict conditions to make sure the dolphins would be fed responsibly,” Minister Enoch said.
“The Department of Environment and Science recently reviewed and updated this agreement and as a result, I am happy to announce two new dolphin calves, Luna and Joe, will now join Mystique, Patch, Ella, Harmony, Aussie and Squirt as part of the feeding program.
“This experience is an important regional tourism drawcard with thousands of people every year travelling to Tin Can Bay to get close to and learn about these fascinating animals.”
Ms Enoch said dolphin feeding is only allowed if it is part of the approved feeding program with Barnacles Café.
“Trained volunteers and staff are required to follow strict conditions to keep the dolphins safe and healthy, to protect public safety and also record scientific data about the dolphins.
“I encourage all visitors to the Cooloola Coast and the wider Gympie area to consider making a stop in Tin Can Bay to feed the dolphins.”