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10 April 2014
Satellite tagging of pygmy blue whales off the coast of West Australia has identified their migratory route along the Australian coastline to Indonesia.
24 July 2013
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.
27 March 2013
In a world first, acoustic technology has been used to successfully find, track and study the biggest creature on Earth, the Antarctic blue whale.
13 March 2013
Satellite tags have been deployed on Antarctic minke whales, giving researchers access to more comprehensive information about them than ever before.
22 January 2013
A team of international whale researchers leaves Hobart today in search of the biggest creature on Earth, the Antarctic blue whale.
3 January 2013
Environment Minister Tony Burke has announced a new international collaboration to share information on the rare Antarctic blue and killer whales.
28 November 2012
A steady hand, good sea-legs and an eagle eye are essential ingredients for scientists deploying satellite tags on whales off southern Tasmania.
4 October 2012
Australian Antarctic scientists have successfully tested new acoustic technology to track and locate scores of blue whales hundreds of kilometres away by eavesdropping on the resonating song of these rare and elusive animals.
25 September 2012
A gripping new documentary Hunting the ice whales depicts the excitement of tracking whales in the Ross Sea.
13 July 2012
A stroke of good luck has given a team of Tasmanian scientists an encounter with a pod of extremely rare whales.
13 July 2012
A new documentary film following Australian Antarctic Division scientists undertaking non-lethal whale research in the Southern Ocean premiered in Hobart on 3 July 2012.
27 February 2012
Whale observers working for the Australian Antarctic Division hit the jackpot recently sighting the Shepherd's beaked whale (Tasmacetus shepherdi).
8 December 2011
More than $417,000 in funding for non-lethal marine mammal research was announced by the Australian Government. Snubfin dolphins, Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins and dugongs will be the subjects of studies.
8 December 2011
The Australian Government condemns Japan's decision to continue whaling in the Southern Ocean this year under the guise of science.
8 September 2011
The role of Indigenous communities in protecting and managing dugongs will be expanded under a new $5 million Gillard Government package announced today.
21 July 2011
Mr Hamer is untangling the issue of whale bycatch.
12 July 2011
Minister Burke launches the Antarctic Blue Whale Project at the International Whaling Commission in Jersey. YOUTUBE EMBEDDED: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47IuegENYEk … Video transcript … Tony Burke:
11 July 2011
Environment Minister Tony Burke is leading Australia's delegation to the 63rd annual International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Jersey, United Kingdom.
7 December 2010
The Australian Marine Mammal Centre, on behalf of the Southern Ocean Research Partnership (SORP), is pleased to make the first announcement for a symposium and workshop entitled Living Whales in the Southern Ocean:
1 December 2010
More than $700,000 in funding for non-lethal whale research was announced by the Australian Government in June.
26 September 2010
Miniature remote controlled aircraft are being trialled at Shark Bay in Western Australia for use in marine mammal surveys.
30 August 2010
A computer program developed by a team of Australian scientists will help identify individual humpback whales through their tail markings. The project to develop the program was funded by the Australian Marine Mammal Centre.
6 August 2010
The Australian Marine Mammals Centre at the Australian Antarctic Division has announced the recipients of more than $1.2 million dollars of grants for 2010. 12 research projects focusing on whales, dolphins, sea lions…
28 July 2010
Environment Minister Peter Garrett today launched the third National Whale Day for the International Fund for Animal Welfare at the La Perouse Museum in Sydney. More information … • Press release [PDF]
26 May 2010
Environment Protection Minister Peter Garrett and Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr today congratulated Australian researchers on the completion of the largest-ever aerial survey of whales off the Australian Antarctic coastline.
15 March 2010
The world's largest, non-lethal whale research expedition has returned from Antarctic waters with a range of new information that will help inform future marine mammal conservation.
10 March 2010
After a successful six weeks in the Southern Ocean, the Australian led Antarctic whale expedition is heading home. The researchers are due to arrive in Wellington, New Zealand, next week.
24 February 2010
The Antarctic Whale Expedition is now almost half way through its six-week voyage. After departing Wellington on 2 February, the Tangaroa travelled for eight days towards the Antarctic ice edge.
2 February 2010
The largest collaborative whale research voyage ever undertaken is on its way to Antarctica. Seventeen scientists and support personnel sailed out of Wellington today towards the Ross Sea and adjacent Southern Ocean area.
29 January 2010
Australian Minister for the Environment, Peter Garrett, and New Zealand Minister for Research Science and Technology, Wayne Mapp…
13 December 2009
With the aim of estimating the proportion of Antarctic minke whales in pack ice during the summer months, an Australian fixed-wing aerial survey programme (based in East Antarctica), has been in development over the last two summer seasons.
26 June 2009
The International Whaling Commission has endorsed a five-year non-lethal whale research proposal for the Australian-led Southern Ocean Research Partnership.
19 June 2009
Australia and New Zealand today announced the first Antarctic whale research expedition as part of the Southern Ocean Research Partnership.
12 March 2009
The Australian Government, in conjunction with the International Whaling Commission (IWC), are convening an international workshop in Sydney during 23-26 March to develop the Southern Ocean Research Partnership - the world's largest cooperative…
23 March 2009
Environment Minister Peter Garrett today said he was very pleased that Sydney was this week hosting the world's first international workshop on non-lethal whale research.
23 March 2009
New data on minke whale distribution in pack ice in the Southern Ocean and new techniques developed by Australian scientists for researching whale abundance further advance Australia's global leadership in non-lethal whale research…
17 February 2009
Environment Minister Peter Garrett today invited applications for a share in $1.
27 June 2008
Australia and Chile today signed an historic agreement to cooperate on whale research and other whale conservation activities at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Santiago, Chile.
17 November 2008
The Rudd Labor Government will invest in 2008-09 in non-lethal whale research and other critical conservation programs as part of its ongoing strategy to end so-called 'scientific' whaling, Environment Minister Peter Garrett announced today.
5 December 2008
Australia's global leadership in whale conservation has been confirmed today with the announcement of an additional $26 million in measures over the next five years to create the largest international whale research program in the world…
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