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Ecotourism is increasing along North Carolina's coast, with high interest in birding and marine mammal observation. In 1999, the North Carolina Sea Grant staff conducted a survey to learn tourists' environmental interests and the impact of commercial dolphin-watch enterprises on the Outer Banks. Among the findings were that over 50 percent of tourists wanted to known more about the marine environment, but 80 percent knew little or nothing about the Marine Mammal Protection Act passed in 1972. The survey focused on tourists who came to the Outer Banks to see bottlenose dolphins.