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.


Scientific Research Permits
Natural Values Conservation Branch
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000

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