Published on : Monday, May 30, 2016
Nature lovers are invited to take part in the annual census of Port Stephens’ resident bottlenose dolphins on World Environment Day – Sunday, June 5, 2016.The dolphin census is part of Naturefest, a festival spearheaded by Destination Port Stephens in collaboration with industry operators and Port Stephens Council, which will run from June 1 to July 3, 2016.
The census will be conducted by the Marine Parks Association and gives an important insight into the health of the local dolphin population. Census volunteers will be distributed around the Port Stephens estuary, on land and on water, about one to two kilometres apart. At each site, observers will take photographs and record information about the dolphins encountered from 11am to midday. This helps ensure that dolphins are not counted twice.
Last years’ census went ‘swimmingly’, and saw a total of 64 camera-toting volunteers man 43 on-shore and on-water sites during the one-hour period. The results confirmed a healthy population of dolphins in Port Stephens, with 91 spotted in Port Stephens’ waters.
The volunteer-based census is the longest-running community dolphin count in Australia and supports dolphin conservation and other studies conducted by research institutes.
Source:-Tourism Port Stephens