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Shooting permits: Why it's important to have them.

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This is fascinating. It would have never occurred to me that I needed a permit to do this. Is this region specific or generally a good thing to do everywhere?

 

Seriously specific I think! I've been diving for more than 20 years all over the world and have never been asked for or even seen a permit.

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So far, no one has named even one country that has such permits.

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So to get things started:

 

Commercial filming of whale sharks in Mexico requires a permit.

Taking pictures and interacting with whales in Sri Lanka requires permits.

Taking pictures and interacting with whales in the Azores requires permits.

Taking pictures of sperm whales in Dominica requires permits.

Some whale photography requires permits in South Africa (species dependent).

Some whale photography requires permits in Argentina (species dependent).

"Professional" photography of manatees in Florida requires permits.

 

I'm sure there are lots more!

 

Adam

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Thanks Adam. You live and learn. Obviously I've not done any of them!

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This is a tricky one as I think in some areas it really would be a good idea , however would they really prevent that much damage? I really think things do need to be controlled a bit more from some of the things I've seen underwater.

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Couldn't agree more! I think the general attitude to skirt rules can be applied away from the diving aspect too. Having spent time in a lot of other countries, being disrespectful to culture in general can get you in a lot of hot water. 

 

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I actually do not disagree with permits.  Too many disrespectful yahoo's are harassing the cetaceans and other wildlife to get their darned selfies.  I was completely and utterly disappointed at the flailing hoards of people in Tahiti. The boat operators worked together but at the same time they worked together, I am sure you can figure out why I made that statement. Limiting people to access by permit is good, just don't get carried away with the fees.....

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Drew,

Thank you for the info. I had no idea that such permits would be needed, but it does make total sense! I don’t shoot outside the U.S. that often, so I have never run into this. I will definitely inquire on future trips abroad. I think the last thing we need to do is be poor ambassadors of our craft or trade.

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