This dugong aerial survey database has been compiled as part of a project funded by the Australian Marine Mammal Centre (AMMC). It is MySQL based and currently contains data from 54 aerial surveys for dugongs in nine regions along the Australian coast since 1984 including: Shark Bay (WA), Exmouth (WA), Pilbara (WA), Gulf of Carpentaria (NT/QLD), Torres Strait, Northern Great Barrier Reef (QLD), Southern Great Barrier Reef (QLD), Hervey Bay (QLD), and Moreton Bay (QLD).
The database has been made accessible to the general community via an open access online data hub based at James Cook University via https://dugongs.tropicaldatahub.org/. The database facilitates future collaborations and accommodates efficient incorporation of new research findings. Information on dugong distribution, habitat use and relative abundance are easily accessible to managers and other stakeholders for their long-term use.