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Specialised cameras to monitor dolphin stranding hotspots | Mandurah Mail

Specialised cameras to monitor dolphin stranding hotspots | Mandurah Mail

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Specialised cameras are set to be installed in waterways around the Peel region in an effort to prevent dolphins from becoming stranded in local hotspots.

Estuary Guardians Mandurah and the Peel Preservation Group (PPG) are driving the project, with the cameras set to be monitored by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

DBCA officers will be able to view live-streamed video to check for dolphins and assist when necessary.

The first camera, worth $10,000, will be funded by the DBCA and installed in the upper Serpentine River

An Estuary Guardians Group spokeswoman said they had been pushing for monitoring cameras for a number of months.

"Nearly one third of our dolphin population have stranded and sadly a number have died, unseen," she said.

"Finally there will be eyes on the remotest known stranding hotspots so a faster rescue response can happen."

She said Estuary Guardians hoped to expand the program 

"Our waterways are huge so a number of cameras will be needed to cover the main stranding areas," she said.

"Ultimately we hope to have a camera overlooking all the major stranding areas.

"Following a monitoring camera in the upper Serpentine river, we desperately need cameras on Goegrup Lake."

Estuary Guardians Mandurah and the PPG are fundraising to purchase additional cameras. To donate visit Helping Save Mandurah Dolphins.

Donations can also be made at the Nourishing the Soul Café in Dudley Park.