Authorities in Hawaii are proposing a on the popular tourist of swimming with dolphins off the Hawaiian . The dolphins have served as a for tourists over the past decades. However, federal officials say the tourism is harmful to the dolphins because they are supposed to be resting and socializing. The National Marine Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration proposes to prohibit swimming with, or within 50 metres of, Hawaii's spinner dolphins. That would put an to many tour group activities, which involve sailing alongside the in a boat and snorkeling with .
Ann Garrett, a spokeswoman for the National Marine Fisheries Service, said she didn't think the ban would have a big on the tourist in Hawaii. Ms Garrett said: "We think that by identifying 50 metres as the distance, there still can be a tourist industry in Hawaii." Tour operators disagreed with Garrett's . Tour company owner Kevin Merrill warned: "It would be the end of dolphin swimming. We couldn’t offer the people the interaction that they expect." Dolphins are most active at night and sleep and relax during the , which is when the tourists interact with them. Garrett said the disrupts the dolphins' health and fitness.