Whales, dolphins, sharks, porpoises, seabirds… The waters around the UK are home to a fantastic variety of marine wildlife, whether visible from the shore or from a boat. However these wild animals are vulnerable to disturbance if not approached in a manner that respects their wild nature.

The WiSe Scheme seeks to minimise such unintentional disturbance through

  • delivering training and accreditation to operators of registered passenger and charter vessels who wish to view marine wildlife,
  • working with operators of service and support boats that may interact with marine wildlife, and
  • liaising with key organisations to offer advice and guidance for the general public wishing to enjoy the marine environment.

If you want to go wildlife watching at sea, make a WiSe choice.

We recommend you choose a WiSe accredited operator – they will show the WiSe logo on their boats, brochures and websites. If your local operator is not WiSe accredited, please tell them about us.

Over 1000 operators/marine professionals have now attended UK WiSe courses, designed to ensure a solid understanding of how best to approach and interact with marine wildlife, and focus on ways they can help minimise any unintentional disturbance from their activities on/in the water. In addition, all WiSe operators have agreed to abide by appropriate Codes of Conduct for the wildlife that they seek to view, Codes developed to promote safe and sustainable watching of our precious basking sharks, whales and dolphins, seals and seabirds.

So, if you would like to view marine wildlife responsibly, use the WiSe operator tab from the menu above to find an organisation working in your area.

Choose WiSe, so you can help safeguard these wonderful marine creatures in their natural environment.