Scientific research on cetaceans, primarily bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus), in Commonwealth waters in Jervis Bay, NSW

Cetacean permit application C2010-0001
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 7 June 2010

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About the application

The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts has received an application for a permit to interfere with cetaceans under Part 13, section 237 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

This application is for a permit to conduct scientific research on cetaceans, primarily bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus), in Commonwealth waters in Jervis Bay, NSW. The applicant is seeking to undertake line-transect surveys around the bay, and perform boat-based sampling that follows methods previously employed by Moller et al (2002).

The sampling procedure employed by this research will involve following line-transects across Jervis Bay, and when a dolphin group is encountered they will be approached. By using non- invasive methods, the time and location of dolphin sighting, estimated group size and predominant behaviour of the group will be recorded. The group-follow method will not be used.

The permit requested will cover a five year period to allow continuation of data collection. The number of visits anticipated in 2010 includes four surveys in each month of May, June, and July and may continue later in the year depending on boat availability and researchers' effort.

In accordance with the provisions of section 237(3b) of the EPBC Act, you are invited to comment on this proposal before COB 21 June 2010.

Comments can be sent by email to EPBC.permits@environment.gov.au or in writing to:

The Director
Cetacean Policy and Management Section
GPO Box 854
Canberra ACT 2601