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Southern Right Whale Eubalaena australis sightings on the Australian coast and the increasing potential for entanglement

Allen, S. and Bejder, L. (2003) Southern Right Whale Eubalaena australis sightings on the Australian coast and the increasing potential for entanglement. Pacific Conservation Biology, 9 (3). pp. 228-233.

Abstract

Southern Right Whales Eubalaena australis are an endangered species that have been recovering from unsustainable whaling practices and, despite being reported along the east and west coasts of Australia, they have not been duly accounted for in recent risk assessments for marine development. This review of the last decade of sightings highlights northerly movements into temperate and sub-tropical waters, indicates that fatal entanglement has occurred and points toward an increasing likelihood of interactions between migrating whales and inshore marine development. Given that entanglements and vessel strike are preventing the recovery of North Atlantic Right Whales Eubalaena glacialis, we recommend a precautionary approach to risk assessment around Australia and the formation of a national animal entanglement committee with both a pre-emptive role in assessing coastal development applications and a reactive role in the event of entanglement.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Surey Beatty & Sons
Copyright: (c) Surey Beatty & Sons
Publishers Website: http://pcb.murdoch.edu.au/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/3008
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