Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus)

​Application for Scientific Permit – Available for Public Comment​

Public comment on the following application for a Scientific Research Permit (Fauna) is open until 16 August 2019.

Applicant: Private individual.

Species/Taxon: Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus.

​Locations: Northern shoreline of Orielton Lagoon, Pitt Water and Green Island Nature Reserve, D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Hobart.

Title of research: The genetics of the Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus in Tasmania.

Aim of project: To determine the genetics of the Kelp Gull in Tasmania. 

Justification:
  • The Kelp Gull isn’t a threatened species.
  • ​There are many hundreds of Kelp Gull pairs nesting at Orielton Lagoon and on Green Island, Hobart.
  • ​Orielton Lagoon and Green Island are both easily accessible and are easy places to work, ensuring minimal disturbance to the breeding Kelp Gulls and non-target bird species.
  • It is not known what Kelp Gull subspecies are present in Tasmania, Victoria and NSW.
  • ​To define the taxonomic status of the Kelp Gulls around Hobart.
  • ​To better understand the source of the Kelp Gulls around Hobart.    
  • ​To better understand how the Kelp Gulls in Tasmania fit in with the colonization of Australia by the Kelp Gull.
  • ​This work in Tasmania is part of an Australia-wide project.​

Maximum likely numbers of individuals involved: (if impossible to estimate, indicate effort eg, number of traps to be used and how long to be set)
  • 20 chicks from 20 different nests to be hand-caught.

Activities undertaken and methods:
  • Catch, band, bleed and release chicks.

Fate of animals:
  • All chicks will be released unharmed at the site of capture.

Likely impact on species involved (including any by-catch):
  • ​The likely impact on the Kelp Gulls will be minimal.
  • ​​ All chicks will weigh more than 100 grams.
  • All chicks will be held for less than 30 minutes.
  • All chicks will be released unharmed at the exact site of capture.
  • Work at study sites will be for a maximum of 4 hours.
  •  Areas where there are nesting Little Penguins, Pacific Gulls, Silver Gulls, Caspian Terns, Pied or Sooty Oystercatchers will be avoided.
  • ​There will be no by-catch, as chicks are individually hand-caught.
  • ​​​Work will be done in the cool of the day and will cease if there is rain.

Contact

Scientific Research Permits
Natural Values Conservation Branch
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Email: Scientific.Permits@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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