Campaign for cameras in estuary to prevent dolphin strandings

Campaign for cameras in estuary to prevent dolphin strandings

CAMERAS in the Peel Harvey Estuary are needed to prevent dolphins from becoming stranded, according to local dolphin rescue groups.

Peel Preservation Group (PPG) and Estuary Guardians are fundraising for cameras in the estuary.

A PPG spokeswoman said almost a third of resident dolphins have stranded in local waterways.

CRABBERS RESCUE STRANDED DOLPHIN

“Unfortunately, not all survive as they suffer severe stress and sunburn,” she said.

An Estuary Guardians spokeswoman said specialised monitoring cameras were needed at known dolphin stranding hotspots too remote to be seen.

Mandurah Volunteer Dolphin Rescue Group members Marin Van Aswegen, Robyn Bickell and Natalie Goddard with Lionel, a dolphin who died after becoming stranded.

“DBCA [Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions] officers will be able to view live streamed video to check for dolphins in danger, allowing a faster response time,” she said.

“The first camera will be installed in the upper Serpentine River, however the long term goal is to have several cameras along our waterways where dolphins strand.”

DOLPHIN FOUND WITH SUNBURN DIES

Each camera costs about $10,000. The first camera will be funded by the DBCA.

To donate visit Helping Save Mandurah Dolphins.

Donations can also be made at the Nourishing the Soul Café at 40 Darwin Terrace, Dudley Park.