dolphin deaths

Protecting WA waterways for future generations

October 15th, 2012

Everyone interested in the health of the Swan River and Western Australia’s estuaries is invited to attend the Healthy Estuaries 2111 forum on Wednesday October 24.

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Death toll from oil spills may be underestimated

March 31st, 2011

A new study has revealed that the number of animal deaths caused by oil spills may be up to 50 times higher than previously believed.

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Reducing dolphin deaths in fishing trawls

July 14th, 2010

Each year an estimated 20 to 50 dolphins die when they are accidently caught and asphyxiate in trawl fishing nets off Western Australia’s northwest, a Murdoch University research project has shown.

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Water health newsroom

June 10th, 2010

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The investigation into six Bottlenose Dolphin deaths in the Swan Canning Riverpark in 2009 has drawn to a close. The Chief Scientist of Western Australia’s report has been presented to the Minister for Environment and the Murdoch University investigation has been delivered as a peer-reviewed Technical Report.

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Report out on 2009 deaths in the Swan River

June 10th, 2010

The deaths of six dolphins in the Swan Canning Riverpark last year reflect the stressful nature of the environment that they inhabit.

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Dolphin gallery

April 30th, 2010

Photo gallery – Swan River dolphin postmortems Images taken during the Murdoch University investigation into the mortalities of six bottlenose dolphins in the Swan Canning Riverpark in 2009. Photo gallery – Bunbury dolphins Images courtesty of Murdoch PhD student, Holly Smith, from the Bunbury Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU). + Return to the Water health newsroom

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Investigation of eight Bunbury dolphin deaths

November 21st, 2009

Investigation of eight Bunbury dolphin deaths

Murdoch University researchers with the South-West Marine Research Program (SWMRP*) are investigating multiple deaths of dolphins over the last two years within the inner waters around the city of Bunbury. These inner waters encompass the Leschenault Estuary and Inlet, the Inner and Outer Harbour, and the Collie and Brunswick Rivers.

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Murdoch University dolphin research widely reported

November 15th, 2009

Murdoch University dolphin research widely reported

Research by Murdoch University scientists on the Swan River dolphin deaths has been widely reported in the media.

Following the ABC TV News and Stateline stories on November 13, every major Perth TV station ran stories on the dolphin research and issue on November 14.

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Scientists and agencies investigate dolphin deaths

November 13th, 2009

Scientists and agencies investigate dolphin deaths

Murdoch University researchers in collaboration with the Swan River Trust, Department of Environment and Conservation and Curtin University are investigating the death of six dolphins in the Swan and Canning rivers this year.

An urgent meeting of researchers and government agencies on November 12 discussed the findings of post-mortem examinations of the dolphins which died between March and October, and ABC TV's Stateline broke the story on November 13.

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