Dolphins and Coastal Ecosystems

This project concept seeks to establish a dolphin focused citizen science initiative and associated dolphin “spotter trail”, which would also serve as another tourism attraction for the region. It is envisaged that, with improved recognition of local dolphin populations, the value and protection of coastal ecosystems will be enhanced. 

Proposed strategy:

  • Establish dolphin citizen science initiative and dolphin spotter trail to support associated coastal zones 

Result from reduction of identified threat:

This initiative endeavours to reduce noise pollution, boat strikes and habitat loss through community education and data collection. It is hoped that increased awareness of the significance of coastal ecosystems will be achieved through the promotion of the iconic dolphin. Central Queensland is home to one of Australia’s most unique dolphin species –the Australian Snubfin Dolphin. Establishing a citizen science spotter project and installing interpretive signage along a “spotter trail” will…

  • improve community understanding of dolphin species, including the vulnerable Australian Snubfin Dolphin  
  • educate the community on actions they can take to help protect local dolphin populations
  • contribute towards local data on dolphin numbers and distribution
  • create another drawcard for visitation to the region
  • involve Traditional Custodians though the development of artwork and content for the interpretive signage
  • highlight the importance of coastal ecosystems for the benefit of dolphins, as well as many other species

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The Capricorn Coast Reef Community Action Plan project is funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation with support from Capricornia Catchments and Fitzroy Basin Association.