Indo Pacific Humpback Dolphin jumping. Photo Contributed
Indo Pacific Humpback Dolphin jumping. Photo Contributed Contributed

Researcher seeking public to help monitor dolphins in region

A DOLPHIN researcher is calling on the public to take part in research that helps the long-term protection of the species around Port Curtis.

Dr Daniele Cagnazzi, a postdoctoral research fellow with Southern Cross University's Marine Ecology Research Centre, has been studying the dolphins in Gladstone and the Fitzroy River Catchment for almost a decade.

He said our dolphin population had a small increase in 2012, but the population had halved to 40 between 2010 and 2011.

Dr Cagnazzi said this year would be important for monitoring and statistics, which is why he is encouraging dolphin-spotters to upload their photos to the Capricorn Cetaceans Project website.

Dr Daniele Cagnazzi has been monitoring dolphins between Bowen and Gladstone.
Dr Daniele Cagnazzi has been monitoring dolphins between Bowen and Gladstone. Mara Pattison-Sowden