Monday, August 1, 2016 - 13:45

The University of Queensland’s Moreton Bay Research Station at North Stradbroke Island is collaborating with community and government groups to improve knowledge of Moreton Bay’s dolphin populations. an image of a dolphin

The station recently hosted expedition team members from the Moreton Bay Dolphin Research Project – now in its third year. 

Dolphin Research Australia Inc. members conduct annual surveys of the population abundance, trends and health of the Indo-Pacific bottlenose and Australian humpback dolphins ‑ a vulnerable species.

Executive Officer of Dolphin Research Australia Dr Elizabeth Hawkins said the project was being conducted in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

“Moreton Bay provides an important habitat for both of dolphin species which, unlike their humpback whale cousins, are not migratory and many prefer to reside in particular areas year-round,” she said.

“Using photographs of dorsal fins to identify individual dolphins, the team is getting a better picture of the population structure and resident communities within the Bay and the impact from human activities that can pose a threat to the well-being and health of individuals and populations.”

Dr Hawkins said Dolphin Research Australia urged members of the public to be a part of the research and report their dolphin sightings.

“Each sighting helps the team to monitor the dolphin populations,” she said.

“Simply go to the website www.dolphinresearchaustralia.com to report your sighting.”

 Media: Dr Elizabeth Hawkins, Executive Officer: liz@dolphinresearchaustralia.com, 0407 646 069