Abundance Estimation

There are a variety of techniques available to researchers and management agencies for estimating the abundance of marine mammal populations.
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Behaviour ecology

The field study of behaviour, coupled with appropriate statistical analyses, underlies much of the research undertaken by MUCRU members.
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Fisheries interaction

Interactions between marine mammals and fisheries continue to grow with the human demand for seafood.
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Innovative techniques

The conservation and management of many marine mammal species is dependent on monitoring their population status and habitat use.
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Marine mammal health

We strive to assess and monitor the health of marine mammals to support both the early detection of adverse impacts from natural and anthropogenic pressures.
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Citizen Science

Harnessing observations and input from the general public to maximize the spatial, temporal and numeric scales of a research project.
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Collaborative Research

Marine mammal research with Universities, Government and International Partners

Blogs from the field

  • Stranding of long-finned pilot whales in Bunbury: as it unfolded
    Stranding of long-finned pilot whales in Bunbury: as it unfolded
    What began with the intention of a quiet day in the office at the South West Marine Research Program….. ….. rapidly shifted direction during the morning of Monday 23 March 2015. A phone call came in notifying me (Murdoch University’s PhD candidate John Symons) of a stranding of > 20 long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas) […]
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  • Bunbury’s South West Marine Research Program receives support for Stage 3
    Bunbury’s South West Marine Research Program receives support for Stage 3
    Research into the impacts of human activity on Bunbury’s bottlenose dolphin population has been given a financial boost by local industry, government and community organisations. The Southern Port Authority-Port of Bunbury, the South West Development Commission, Cristal Mining and the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre are all partnering with Murdoch University to fund further investigations into local […]
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  • A high risk period of entanglements for dolphins
    A high risk period of entanglements for dolphins
    Summer time – the pros and cons It is soon summer in Western Australia (Perth) and many people have already started enjoying the weather by spending time at the beach, fishing, and boating.  Indeed, it is a beautiful time of year. During summer months, we encounter many groups of dolphins including both resident and non-resident dolphins. The non-resident dolphins […]
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Sound Science

The members of MUCRU work on both applied and empirical conservation-based research projects.

Research Capabilities

We specialise in peer reviewed published research in the fields of marine mammal science and conservation.

Informing Management

Science-based conservation of marine mammals and decision-making for industry, government, and the community.
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