Application for Scientific Permit – Available for Public Comment
Public comment on the following application for a Scientific Research (Fauna) Permit is open until 17 November 2020
Applicant: Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
Species/Taxon: Little penguin (Eudyptula minor)
Location: Parsonage Point little penguin colony in Burnie (Parsonage Point, Parklands TAS 7320)
Title of research: A study to review and compare census methodologies and citizen science options for monitoring little penguins
Aim of project:
There are three primary aims:
1. Collect data that will provide knowledge of the best available monitoring methods (aligned with best ethical practice) through comparisons of several types of monitoring methods;
2. Test data collection/penguin monitoring techniques between researcher and citizen science level methods; and
3. Use this data to make recommendations for the future monitoring of little penguins for both researchers and government bodies (ideally leading to better governance and policies surrounding little penguins).
This project will help develop evidence-based understanding of how minimally invasive census techniques align with convention census techniques.
Maximum likely numbers of individuals involved: Little penguins – 400
Activities undertaken and methods:
Various census methodologies - burrow occupancy surveys, camera traps, acoustic Song Meters, night counts, footprint surveys
Fate of animals:
Will remain alive in the wild
Likely impact on species involved (including any by-catch):
Minimum impact to species related to brief disturbance during transect surveys and equipment deployment nearby to the colony.