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Three new fishing line bins installed in Marmion Marine Park

Three new fishing line bins installed in Marmion Marine Park

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) is calling on volunteers to help protect Western Australia’s dolphins, water birds and other marine life. The department’s Reel it in fishing line bin project has now expanded to include marine parks with three new bins installed in Marmion Marine Park. DBCA volunteers and community unit manager Jason Menzies said this was the project launched in 2013 to help reduce fishing line entanglements in the Swan Canning Riverpark. “It is exciting to see the project expand to include marine parks which are home to some of WA’s most spectacular marine life.” Mr Menzies said. “These three new bins are located at popular fishing spots Hillarys Boat Harbour and North Beach Jetty. “The project is supported by so…

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D K Coughran vessel

Vessel named in honour of whale rescue pioneer

A new vessel has today been named after the late Doug Coughran, a Western Australian wildlife officer who dedicated much of his life to developing whale rescue techniques that have been instrumental in improving outcomes for entangled whales. These techniques pioneered by Doug are not only practised in WA but around the world. In 2010, Doug's achievements over three decades were formally recognised when he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to conservation and the environment, particularly the disentanglement of whales, as both a practitioner and educator. The 10.5-metre vessel will replace three boats currently used by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and will be tasked with responding to marine mammal incidents, managing the commercial whale watching…

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Take care in WA’s national parks

Take care in WA’s national parks

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson is urging people to take care in national parks and make sure they have adequate water supplies following two incidents of suspected dehydration at Kalbarri National Park. A 27-year-old man died after completing the loop trail in Kalbarri National Park on Saturday (October 27). On Monday (October 29), a 62-year-old woman and her husband were attempting the loop trail, but turned back after three kilometres, with the woman later collapsing between Nature's Window and the car park. A doctor was on site and administered first aid before St John Ambulance arrived and transported her to the Kalbarri medical centre by ambulance. Visitor safety signage with information about heat stroke and dehydration management is in place in various locations throughout the park,…

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Albino northern quoll discovered in the Pilbara

Albino northern quoll discovered in the Pilbara

An albino northern quoll has been discovered south of Port Hedland in the Pilbara. It’s the first ever record of an albino northern quoll and was found by Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ (DBCA) Research Scientist Judy Dunlop. “It’s a very exciting discovery,” Dr Dunlop said. “Albinism is something we know occurs in all species, but this is the first time we’ve come across an albino quoll.” The northern quoll is the smallest of the four Australian quoll species and related to the Tasmanian devil. They are about the same size as a meerkat and known for their reddish-brown fur with white spots. “The albino quoll is really unusual looking with her white fur and intense red eyes. Her fur is also much softer…

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World record feral cat eradication for Dirk Hartog Island

World record feral cat eradication for Dirk Hartog Island

Dirk Hartog Island National Park, off Western Australia's Mid-West coast, has become the world's largest island to have cats, sheep and goats fully eradicated, paving the way for extensive threatened animal re-introductions over the next 12 years. Announcing the second stage of the groundbreaking 'Return to 1616' ecological restoration program, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today declared the 63,000-hectare island cat, goat and sheep-free. Dirk Hartog Island is the State's largest island and is home to the first known European landing on WA soil by Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog and his crew in 1616. Since the introduction of grazing animals, cats and weeds, 10 native mammal species have been lost from the island. More than 5,000 sheep and 11,000 goats have now been removed, resulting in…

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