Mandurah students aim to educate community on dolphins in forum

John Tonkin College student Aaron Johnston won the Environmental Award.
John Tonkin College student Aaron Johnston won the Environmental Award.

JOHN Tonkin College Surf Science students organised and hosted the inaugural Dolphin Forum at the Fish Trap Theatre on August 19.

The forum was attended by local businesses, environmental groups, university representatives, City of Mandurah staff and members of the public.

Year 9 student Aaron Johnston led a team of 20 students to plan informative presentations to educate the audience about the amazing dolphins who live in Mandurah’s waterways.

The students are tracking dolphin family pods and will create a fin book that will allow marine scientists and community members to track the behaviour habits and health of the dolphins.

Aaron was awarded the inaugural Environmental Award and local jeweller Andrew Ralph donated the prize of a Swarovski crystal dolphin.

Professor Lyn Beazley opened the forum and acknowledged the commitment of students.

The forum was an opportunity to launch the Estuary Guardians, which will be modelled on the highly successful River Guardians who take care of the Swan River.

Students will join Mandurah Cruises and community members to collaborate on initiatives to protect the Peel Harvey Estuary.