Research Data

Dugong aerial survey (dugongs, turtles, cetaceans), Moreton Bay, November 2005


Print this Page Print this Page
Show all sections
Dugong aerial survey (dugongs, turtles, cetaceans), Moreton Bay, November 2005
Date Record Created
Date Record Modified
Date Coverage
2005-11-01 to 2005-11-30
Time Period
(no information)
Geospatial Location
  • Moreton Bay, Southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia.
  1. Type: brief

    Sightings for dugongs, cetaceans and turtles in Moreton Bay area during the dugong aerials surveys in November 2005.

  2. Type: full

    The dugong, Dugong dugon, is listed as vulnerable to extinction in Queensland, Australia. Triggered by the anecdotal and scientific evidence of dugong decline along the urban coast of Queensland between 15o 30’S and 28 o S, generic conservation concerns and their statutory responsibilities, management agencies are attempting to address human impacts on dugongs through initiatives including banning the dugong oil industry in the 1960s; marine park zoning; controls on fisheries, shark netting, vessel movements and speeds; phasing out the use of high explosives in the Great Barrier Reef region; partnerships with Traditional Owners at culturally-relevant scales to manage Indigenous hunting; and initiatives to improve water quality. The conservation outcomes of these initiatives for dugongs have been monitored by aerial surveys of dugong distribution and abundance in various parts of the region since the mid 1980s. In this context, the results of the first survey of the whole region in November 2005, suggest that dugong numbers are now stable at the scale of the entire urban coast although populations fluctuate at the level of individual bays, probably largely due to natural changes in seagrass habitats. However, it is impossible to evaluate the cumulative success of the management initiatives because policy is silent on whether population maintenance or recovery is the objective of dugong management. The results of the surveys indicate that it will be important to: (1) develop cross-jurisdictional objectives for the management of dugongs at the scale of the entire region, and (2) co-ordinate management at both culturally and ecologically relevant scales.

  3. Type: note

    This dataset includes maps and reports. Please contact Helene Marsh for GIS data. Funding for these surveys was obtained from the following government agencies: - Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), - Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM), - Australian Marine Mammal Centre (AMMC), - Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA), - Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), - Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility (MTSRF), - National Environmental Research Program (NERP).

Related Publications
(no information)
Related Websites
(no information)
Related Data
(no information)
Related Services
(no information)
Technical metadata
(no information)
  1. Managed by: Dr Alana Grech , ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (7351)
  2. Aggregated by: Prof Helene Marsh , School of Earth & Environmental Sciences (6630)
  3. Aggregated by: Dr Ivan Lawler , School of Earth & Environmental Sciences (6630)
Primary Contact
Dr Alana Grech,
(no information)
(no information)
Fields of Research
  1. 050206 - Environmental Monitoring (050206) (050206)
  2. 050202 - Conservation and Biodiversity (050202) (050202)
Socio-Economic Objective
  1. 960902 - Coastal and Estuarine Land Management (960902) (960902)
  1. abundance
  2. Moreton Bay
  3. cetacean
  4. ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
  5. distribution
  6. marine turtle
  7. marine biology
  8. Great Barrier Reef
  9. dugong dugon
  10. dugong
  11. marine mammal
  12. aerial survey
Research Activity
(no information)
Research Themes
Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
(no information)
License - Other
(no information)
Access Rights/Conditions
Open Access. If the data is not available via the provided link, please contact an associated party (preferrably the Manager as specified) for access.
(no information)
Data Location
Online Locations
  1. Dugong aerial survey (dugongs, turtles, cetaceans), Moreton Bay, November 2005, maps and (Data File, Public)
Stored At
Dr Alana Grech, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville QLD 4811, Australia, Tel: +61 7 47815222
Grech, Alana.; Marsh, Helene.; Lawler, Ivan. (2012). Dugong aerial survey (dugongs, turtles, cetaceans), Moreton Bay, November 2005. James Cook University. (dataset).