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Visitors to south coast urged to put safety first

Visitors to south coast urged to put safety first

With Easter holidays fast approaching, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) is reminding people to take care when visiting national parks along the south coast. DBCA Parks and Wildlife Service Albany district manager Peter Hartley said while the weather on the south coast was often pleasant at this time of year, the Southern Ocean could also be unpredictable and dangerous. “Every Easter there is an influx of visitors to the beautiful and unique areas the department manages, especially with the attraction of catching Australian salmon,” Mr Hartley said. “The weather can change quickly in this region and large, unpredictable swells commonly occur. Even on calm days, waves can sweep over rocky headlands and sloping rocks, making them very slippery. Sea spray and rain…

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Hamelin Bay whale stranding update – 4.45pm

Hamelin Bay whale stranding update – 4.45pm

Parks and Wildlife Service advises that of the seven pilot whales released yesterday three have re- stranded while the remaining four have not been sighted. The three that returned to the beach have been euthanased. Incident controller Jeremy Chick said the department had conducted a comprehensive sea, air and ground search and had not found any additional or live whales. “We ask the public to keep a look out and if anyone sees a stranded whale to please report it to the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055,” Mr Chick said. “All the deceased whales have been removed at the main stranding site and the additional outlying sites. There are two deceased whales remaining in inaccessible terrain and a plan is being developed to remove them…

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Hamelin Bay whale stranding update – 7am

Hamelin Bay whale stranding update – 7am

Parks and Wildlife Service advises there has been no sightings this morning of five of the six surviving short finned pilot whales that were moved into deeper water yesterday evening. Unfortunately one of the whales re-stranded last night and had to be euthanised. The six whales were the only ones still alive following a mass stranding of 150 whales yesterday early at Hamelin Bay near Augusta. Parks and Wildlife Service Incident Controller Jeremy Chick said though there had been no sighting, it was possible that the whales would come back into shore and re-strand. This has often been the case in previous mass strandings. “We ask the public to keep a look out and if anyone sees a stranded whale to please report it to…

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Hamelin Bay whale stranding update – 4pm

Hamelin Bay whale stranding update – 4pm

Preparations are underway to move the seven-surviving short-finned pilot whales into deeper water by nightfall. The seven whales are the only ones still alive following a mass stranding of 150 whales early this morning at Hamelin Bay near Augusta. Parks and Wildlife Service Incident Controller Jeremy Chick said moving the surviving whales was proving to be logistically difficult due to the rocky beach terrain, the location of dead whales surrounding the live whales and rough seas. “We plan to move the seven surviving whales out to deeper water with the use of boats,” he said. “The conditions are challenging but we are doing all we can to give these animals the best chance of survival without risking the safety of staff and volunteers. “Once we…

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Fitzgerald Biosphere listing brings international recognition

Fitzgerald Biosphere listing brings international recognition

Community celebrates UNESCO listing of Fitzgerald Biosphere on the south coastListing to raise profile of biosphere at an international level The McGowan Labor Government has praised the efforts of communities on the south coast, following the global recognition of the area as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. With Fitzgerald River National Park at its core, the new biosphere includes 1.5 million hectares of conservation estate, State waters, farmland, and industrial and urban areas. Fitzgerald River National Park was originally listed as a biosphere reserve in 1978, but required changes to meet the zoning criteria of the contemporary UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme. In 2010, as a result of strong community support, the decision was made to renominate an extended biosphere reserve. The renomination was co-ordinated…

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