Saturday 21 February 2009

Grants for Priority Marine Mammal Research

In a move that will help to promote responsible, non-lethal whale research in the Southern Ocean and elsewhere, Australian Environment Minister Peter Garrett has announced grant funding of $1.5 million for "priority marine mammal research".

The program dovetails neatly into the research and conservation initiative funding announced late last year. The Minister is careful to point out that applications are invited for research involving other marine mammals such as dolphins, seals, sea lions and dugongs. Importantly, the new program provides researchers the opportunity to fund longer term projects of up to three years.

The intention is to allocate funding on a priority basis. Minister Garrett said, "The marine mammal research grants currently available will be targeted to address the most pressing marine mammal conservation needs". And there are more than enough worthwhile research subjects, ranging from blue whales, the largest animals ever to have lived, in waters off western Victoria to the 2 metre snubfin dolphin of northern Australia.

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