Population, community and ecosystem approaches to the study of delphinids in southern Australian waters

Cetacean permit application C2011-0001
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, March 2011


About the application

The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities 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).

The application is for a permit to conduct scientific research on three species of delphinids - the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops sp.); the common dolphin (Delphinus delphis); and the killer whale (Orcinus orca). The research will be carried out in the waters off Tathra, New South Wales, to Robe, South Australia and also the Bass Strait between Victoria and Tasmania. This will include undertaking research activities in Commonwealth Waters. The applicant is seeking to contribute to the knowledge on these species through genetic, toxicology and food-web analyses.

The gathered information on delphinids will look to determine the population size and distribution of these species, and further describe the genetic diversity of delphinids in south-eastern Australian waters. The research will add to the current knowledge on these species and assist in determining effective management strategies and conservation measures for the targeted species.

The permit request is for a five-year period to allow continuation of data collection. The permit request seeks to allow the applicant to interfere with (through biopsy sampling) 100 bottlenose dolphins, 50 common dolphins and 50 killer whales.

In accordance with the provisions of section 237(3b) of the EPBC Act, you are invited to comment on this proposal before COB 1 April 2011. Comments can be sent by email to EPBC.permits@environment.gov.au or in writing to:

The Director
Cetacean Conservation Management Section
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601