Are there dugongs in Moreton Bay?

Once found throughout the marine park, dugongs are now mostly found on the Moreton and Amity banks, however some are found in Pumicestone Passage and the southern bay. Usually seen singly or in pairs elsewhere, Moreton Bay Marine Park’s dugong are commonly found in herds of about 100 animals.

Where can I see dugongs?

Marsa Alam, Red Sea, Egypt If you’re dead set on spotting a sea cow, Egypt is the place to go. The coast of Abu Dabbab is known as a dugong hot-spot, as it’s a shallow, marshy area with plenty of sea grass – the perfect habitat.

Are dugongs a protected species?

Dugong conservation They listed as a marine and migratory species under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. They are also protected by other Commonwealth legislation such as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 where they are a protected species.

How are dugongs being protected Moreton Bay?

Turtles and dugongs are protected by additional “go slow” areas where vessels must travel at slower speeds to reduce collisions and the impact of collisions. Another review is expected to commence in 2019, providing opportunity to make further improvements to protecting the health of Moreton Bay.

Where can you find dugongs in Australia?

In Australia, dugongs occur in the shallow coastal waters of northern Australia from the Queensland/New South Wales border in the east to Shark Bay on the Western Australian coast. They are also found in other parts of the Indian and Pacific Oceans in warm shallow seas in areas where seagrass is found.

Where can you swim with dugongs in Australia?

Even though they are rare, swimming with dugongs is generally at Shark Bay, specifically in Ningaloo Reef or Ningaloo Marine Park. The dugong encounters here are absolutely remarkable since it is known for having the largest population of them in the country and throughout the world.

Are dugongs protected in Australia?

Legislative protection In Australia, dugongs are protected under the Australian Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 ( EPBC Act), which lists them as marine and migratory species, and various State and Northern Territory legislation.

Is it legal to hunt dugong?

Despite being protected, dugongs and marine turtles can be legally hunted by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people under section 211 of the Native Title Act 1993, which operates to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples with a native title right to hunt, gather, collect and fish or conduct a cultural or …

Why are dugongs hunted?

The dugong has been hunted for thousands of years for its meat and oil. Traditional hunting still has great cultural significance in several countries in its modern range, particularly northern Australia and the Pacific Islands.

Is dugong endangered or threatened?

VulnerableDugong / Conservation status

How many dugongs are left in Australia?

Australia. Australia is home to the largest population, stretching from Shark Bay in Western Australia to Moreton Bay in Queensland. The population of Shark Bay is thought to be stable with over 10,000 dugongs.

Are dugongs native to Australia?

Herds of dugongs were once observed in incredible numbers in the mid 1800s in the Moreton Bay area. In the 1850s, Europeans began to hunt dugongs for their flesh and oil to export to Europe for medicinal purposes. The oil soon became so popular that demand from England and Europe far exceeded the supply.

How many Dugongs are there in Australia?

It is believed there are 80,000 dugongs in Australian waters with approximately 14 000 off the coast of Queensland. Dugongs are considered ‘threatened’ and are protected in the waters of Moreton Bay. Dugongs are fish-like in shape and have flippers and a tail.

Where is the Moreton Bay region?

The Moreton Bay Region is one of the fastest developing places in Australia. Situated between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay is a thriving region of opportunity where our communities enjoy a vibrant lifestyle.

What is the greatest threat to dugongs?

The greatest threat to dugongs is the loss of their habitat. As a result of increased siltation and nutrients from human activities on the land, such as urbanisation, industry and agriculture, seagrass beds have been diminishing. The Moreton Bay Regional Council is part of the South East Queensland Water Quality Management Strategy partnership.