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.
- 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.