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  • 10 April 2014
    A pygmy blue whale being tagged by researchers in a small boat.Mapping the migratory route of pygmy blue whales
    Satellite tagging of pygmy blue whales off the west Australian coast has identified their migratory route along the Australian coastline to Indonesia.
  • 24 July 2013
    Australia takes global leadership on whale research
    Australia's global leadership in whale conservation has been consolidated today with an extra $6 million in federal funding to build on our non-lethal whale research program, which remains the largest program in the world.

The Australian Marine Mammal Centre (AMMC) of the Department of the Environment was established as the first national research centre focused on understanding, protecting and conserving the whales, dolphins, seals and dugongs in our region.

The Centre coordinates Australia’s marine mammal research expertise to provide scientific research and advice to underpin Australia’s marine mammal conservation and policy initiatives.

Based in Hobart within the Antarctic Conservation and Management program at the Australian Antarctic Division, the Australian Marine Mammal Centre supports an extensive research community throughout Australia, representing over 20 institutions.

The Australian Marine Mammal Centre hosts the National Marine Mammal Data Portal for the collation of national sightings, strandings and entanglement data.

The Marine Mammal Centre is also home to the Secretariat of the Southern Ocean Research Partnership, gathering information about Southern Ocean whale sightings and running the Antarctic blue whale project.

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