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National Research Partnerships Workshop, Ballina NSW
2 - 4 May 2004
- Conserving Whales and Dolphins in Australian Waters (PDF - 148 KB)
- Appendix A - Workshop program (PDF - 88 KB)
- Appendix B - List of Participants (PDF - 65 KB)
- Appendix C - Presenter's biographies (PDF - 29 KB)
- Appendix D - Presentations
- Welcome from DEH - (PDF - 58 KB)
- Australian Cetacean research: History, partnerships and priorities - (PDF - 408 KB)
- Population studies of the great whales - (PDF - 132 KB)
- Blue whales in the Bonney Upwelling - Slides 1-15 - (PDF - 655 KB)
- Blue whales in the Bonney Upwelling - Slides 16-30 - (PDF - 859 KB)
- Blue whales in the Bonney Upwelling - Slides 31-43 - (PDF - 428 KB)
- Ecology and habitat of southern right whales - (PDF - 666 KB)
- HARC - A comprehensive, multi-scale, collaborative study of migrating humpback whales off the Australian east coast - (PDF - 653 KB)
- Bottlenose dolphins in Australia: Current knowledge and future research - (PDF - 452 KB)
- Irrawaddy and Indo-pacific humpback dolphins: Challenges for their conservation and management - Slides 1-5 - Guido Parra, James Cook University - (PDF- 393 KB)
- Irrawaddy and Indo-pacific humpback dolphins: Challenges for their conservation and management - Slides 6-10 - Guido Parra, James Cook University - (PDF - 440 KB)
- Irrawaddy and Indo-pacific humpback dolphins: Challenges for their conservation and management - Slides 11-15 - Guido Parra, James Cook University - Slides 11-15 (PDF - 261 KB)
- Irrawaddy and Indo-pacific humpback dolphins: Challenges for their conservation and management - Slides 16-20 - Guido Parra, James Cook University - (PDF - 332 KB)
- Irrawaddy and Indo-pacific humpback dolphins: Challenges for their conservation and management - Slides 21-26 - Guido Parra, James Cook University - (PDF - 321 KB)
- S.chinensis in southeast Queensland and the conservation of inshore dolphins in Queensland waters - (PDF - 121 KB)
- Toothed whales our progress 1994-2004 - the other 90% - Slides 1-13 (PDF - 488 KB)
- Toothed whales our progress 1994-2004 - the other 90% - Slides 14-27 (PDF - 625 KB)
- Marine biological acoustics, underwater noise sources, environmental effects of noise - Slides 1-15 (PDF - 635 KB)
- Marine biological acoustics, underwater noise sources, environmental effects of noise - Slides 16-28 (PDF - 610 KB)
- The distribution and behaviour of cetaceans during petroleum exploration: A case study on the southern margins (PDF - 967 KB)
- Noise - an NGO perspective - (PDF - 100 KB)
- Review of DEH guidelines on application of EPBC Act to interactions between offshore seismic operations and larger cetaceans - (PDF - 124 KB)
- Vessels, ports and coastal development - (PDF - 349 KB)
- Cetacean interactions with fisheries and aquaculture - (PDF - 198 KB)
- Cetaceans: Pollution and climate change - (PDF - 549 KB)
- Tourism and cetaceans: A threatening process? - (PDF - 399 KB)
- Sustainable whale-human wildlife interactions? A case study of the swim-with dwarf minke whale ecotourism industry in the northern Great Barrier Reef - (PDF - 94 KB)
- Western Australian Exercise Area: Blue whale project - (PDF - 917 KB)
- Partnerships with the oil and gas industry - Slides 1-7 - (PDF - 558 KB)
- Partnerships with the oil and gas industry - Slides 8-15 - (PDF - 487 KB)
- Research partnerships: NGO's and science - (PDF - 353 KB)
- Small cetacean survey of the Timor Sea - Slides 1-12 - (PDF - 740 KB)
- Small cetacean survey of the Timor Sea - Slides 13-24 - (PDF - 576 KB)
- Appendix E - Posters
- Draft Port Stephens dolphin management plan - Allen, S - (PDF - 94 KB)
- Historic stock structure and genetic variation in Area V humpback whales: Impacts on modern stock recovery - Anderson, M; Baverstock, P; and Slade, R - (PDF - 75 KB)
- Photographic identification of individual humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) on their southern migration past Ballina, NSW, with comparisons to other humpback whale databases from eastern Australia - Burns, D; Harrison, P; and Baverstock, P - (PDF - 100 KB)
- An investigation of genetic relatedness amongst individuals, pods, classes and cohorts of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in Hervey Bay - Franklin, W.A.C; Baverstock, P.R; Harrison, P.L; and Anderson, M.J - (PDF - 92 KB)
- The social and ecological significance of Hervey Bay for Area V Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) - Franklin, T; Baverstock, P.R; Harrison, P.L; and Clapham, P.J - (PDF - 38 KB)
- Dolphins in estuaries : Not all estuaries are created equal! - Fury, C; Harrison, P; Gartside, D; and Ross, G - (PDF - 131 KB)
- Influence of short and long term vessel activities on the acoustic communications of inshore bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.) percentage - Hawkins, L and Gartside, D - (PDF - 138 KB)
- Reproduction and stress in great whales: Non-invasive technique - Hogg, C; Vickers, R; and Rogers, T - (PDF - 155 KB)
- Cape Byron whale research project: A collaborative whale research project Cape Byron, northern NSW - Paton, D; Kneist, E; Burns, D; and Anderson, M - (PDF - 245 KB)
- Behavioural observations of interactions between humpback whale singers and conspecifics - Smith, J; Noad, M; Hale, P; Goldizen, A; and Cato, D - (PDF - 140 KB)
- Whale watching in NSW: Research to integrate the needs of whales, tourists, industry and regional communities - Stamation, K; Croft, D; Briggs S; Waples K; and Shaughnessy, P - (PDF - 53 KB)
- Appendix F - Notes from small group workshop sessions (PDF - 52 KB)
About this Report
A National Cetacean Research Partnerships Workshop was held in Ballina in northern New South Wales from 2-4 May, 2004. The workshop was sponsored by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage, and hosted by the Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre.
The aim of the workshop was to bring together organisations and individuals currently funding or carrying out cetacean research in Australian waters to discuss priorities for future research. 101 people attended the workshop, including government representatives, researchers, consultants, industry representatives and non-government organisations.
Key researchers were invited to present summaries of the current scientific understanding of cetacean biology, distribution, conservation status, interactions with humans in Australian waters, and to highlight gaps in knowledge. Examples of current collaborative research studies were also presented. Workshop sessions discussed the key threats to cetaceans in Australian waters, and identified whether these threats were at the individual animal, population or species level.
Whilst the workshop was not structured to reach agreement on the relative priority of threats to cetaceans, a common theme emerged suggesting that the greatest potential threat to cetaceans was broad scale ecosystem disruption caused by climate change, habitat degradation, and prey depletion. Activities such as whale and dolphin watching, noise from military/industrial activities, and interactions with fishing gear while causing interference at the individual animal level and potentially at the population level, were not thought to affect the majority of species' recovery or survival.
Several activities were identified as potentially impacting on cetacean species at the individual or population level - e.g. noise pollution, coastal development, vessel collisions, direct take of offshore small cetaceans, and tourism. It was thought that if these impacts were to become widespread, cumulative with other threats, or affect a threatened or genetically distinct population, these activities could also have impacts at the species level.
Priorities for future research included further developing knowledge about basic biology and distribution of the five listed threatened species, as well as investigating the population status and trends of the cetaceans found in Australian waters, with an immediate focus on the indo pacific humpback dolphin, the irrawaddy dolphin, and the sperm whale.