Notice of the establishment of a whale sanctuary in Walker May appeared in the Government Gazette of 29 May 2001. From 1 July 2001 no boats or crafts of any kind will be allowed in the Walker Bay Whale Sanctuary Marine Protected Area (A). The Sanctuary stretches from the Westcliff Beacon near the new harbour in Hermanus to the Gansbaai harbour. About half the area (B) may be used by authorised whale-watching boats, as well as authorised commercial and recreational fishermen. The regulation applies only from 1 July to 30 November in any one year.