Behavioural response study of Australian Humpback whales - SE QLD

Cetacean permit application C2012-0008


About the application

The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has received an application for a permit under Part 13, section 237 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

The activity proposed to be undertaken involves research work to determine the behaviour of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) off the SE coast of Queensland. This work will include the collection of biopsy samples, deployment of D-tags and the conduct of focal follows. The work is scheduled to occur in the period from 30 September 2012 to 30 July 2013.

In accordance with the provisions of section 237(3b) of the EPBC Act, you are invited to comment on this proposal before COB 31 August 2012. Comments can be sent by email to or in writing to:

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