WhaleReport Alert System

Collisions with ships are one of the most common causes of death or injury for cetaceans.  The likelihood of collisions occurring will increase as the world’s reliance on ship-based transportation of goods and people increases.  Over 180,000 vessels are on the water at any given point in time (the ones that are complying with reporting regulations) according to the marine traffic web site.

Late 2016 the Commonwealth Government advised it was releasing more funding under the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Program which aims to contribute to the broader goals of science engagement in Australia.  These goals are to inspire, motivate and cultivate a scientifically engaged community, optimistic about its future with Australian governments at all levels recognising the importance of effective science communication, and public engagement with the sciences. The program provides funding for grants and prizes, through both open and closed application processes. One such grant was for Citizen Science which provided competitive grants for nationally significant citizen science projects.

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