Water health newsroom June 10, 2010 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 was delivered as a peer-reviewed Technical Report. The Murdoch University investigation was conducted by a multidisciplinary team including Marine Mammal Health Project Coordinator and veterinary epidemiologist Dr Carly Holyoake, animal biologist Dr Hugh Finn, veterinary pathologists Dr Nahiid Stephens and Dr Padraig Duignan (Melbourne University), members of Murdoch's Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research and Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU), including research leader Dr Lars Bejder. The Murdoch team worked in consultation with Melbourne University, Curtin University of Technology, Swan River Trust, Western Australian Department of Conservation and Environment (DEC), Perth Zoo, Western Australian Department of Agriculture and the University of New South Wales. Water health press releases 10 Jun 2010 – Report out on 2009 deaths in the Swan River 26 May 2010 – Health check for Hawaii's dolphins 4 Feb 2010 – New fish species discovered 9 Dec 2009 – New Professor tackles sustainable water issues 7 Dec 2009 – State's South-West fish in dire straits 19 Nov 2009 – Investigation of eight Bunbury dolphin deaths 15 Nov 2009 – Murdoch University dolphin research widely reported 13 Nov 2009 – Scientists and agencies investigate dolphin deaths 25 Sep 2008 – Hawaiian government flips out over WA dolphin Doctor 26 Jun 2006 – Long-term sustainability central to Monkey Mia decision Reports, research and further information 13 Nov 2009 – The Tragedy of the Swan River Dolphins. Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Stateline (WA) 2008 – Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research Annual Research Report 2007 – School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology Annual Research Report 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. The Murdoch University investigation was conducted by a multidisciplinary team including animal biologist Dr Hugh Finn, veterinary pathologists Dr Nahiid Stephens and Dr Padraig Duignan, members of the Murdoch University Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research, Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU), including research leader Dr Lars Bejder, and Marine Mammal Health Project Coordinator and veterinary epidemiologist Dr Carly Holyoake. Photo gallery – Bunbury dolphins Images courtesty of Murdoch PhD student, Holly Smith, from the Bunbury Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU). The members of MUCRU work on both applied and empirical conservation-based research projects. This includes assessing abundance and habitat use, analysing cetacean social structure, mitigating against dolphin by-catch and other areas of research including: foraging ecology, population genetics and assessment of anthropogenic impacts on cetaceans through development and tourism. Find an expert Murdoch University has played a key role in investigating the health of dolphin populations in WA. Our experts are internationally recognised in the area of cetacean (whales and dolphins) monitoring, conservation and health. Need a related expert? Murdoch University has hundreds of experts in areas as diverse as health, marine science, politics, biotechnology, psychology and greenhouse accounting. Our scientists, researchers and academics are available for media interviews to provide specialist comment and news on the latest issues and projects. Here are some Murdoch areas of expertise related to water health: Biological Sciences Expert Guide Environmental Sciences Expert Guide Sustainability Expert Guide Veterinary Sciences Expert Guide Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Galleries, Research, Animal and plant studies, environment and bioinformatics, Photos, School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology Research, School of Environmental Science, School of Environmental Science Research, School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Research, school of veterinary and biomedical sciences Tags: bunbury dolphin deaths, carly holyoake, centre for fish and fisheries research, dolphin deaths, hugh finn, lars bejder, nahiid stephens, river dolphin postmortems, sustainable water, swan river dolphin, water health newsroom Comments (2 responses) Aaron Albrecht July 19, 2010 So…? What did the study find to be the cause of the dolphins' deaths? Freya Contos August 2, 2010 Hi Aaron, The findings were published in another article, which also has the links to the Chief Scientist's Report and the Murdoch team's technical report. Murdoch Media & Communications Team Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!