A workshop for tour guides and captains of touristic vessels took place in Kamchatka
Kamchatka tourist industry is steadily developing, making respect for nature and wild animals a vital issue. Wild species observation tours are an essential part of sea voyages in Kamchatka. Orcas, Steller sea lions, whales, and sea otters draw tourists’ attention. However, human behavior around animals can sometimes hardly be called correct and respectful.
There is no current federal legislation to protect pinnipeds at the rookeries and cetaceans at their feeding and breeding sites. But the regional rules of conduct are being developed. While merely advisory now, the rules may become a legally binding instrument in the future.