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Marine (dugong and turtle) strandings update—June 2017

Strandingsa reported in the tables below have been entered into the database and verified by staff as being accurate. The numbers may be subject to change as data is verified and as additional reports are received.

Table 1: Total annual dugong strandings reported and verified (1 January to 31 December)
Location 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017*
East coast of Queensland  58 41 49 21 24 5

*As of 30 June 2017

Table 2: Regional distribution of dugong strandings for the period 1 January to 30 June of each year
Location 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Total for east coast of Queensland for the nine months 14 10 32 9 5 5
Moreton Bay, 27° 1 1 4 1 1 1
Hervey Bay, 25° 0 2 2 2 0 1
Rockhampton, 23° 0 0 0 2 0 0
Mackay, 21° 0 0 1 0 1 1
Townsville, 19° 1 1 1 0 2 0
Cairns, 16° 3 2 0 1 0 0
Remainder of east coast 9 4 24 3 1 2
Table 3: Total annual turtle strandings reported and verified
Location 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017*
East coast of Queensland 1572 1159 1204 829 553 161

*As of 30 June 2017

Table 4: Regional distribution of marine turtle strandings for the period 1 January to 30 June each year
Location 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Total for east coast of Queensland 643 421 506 371 231 161
Moreton Bay, 27° 149 135 168 112 116 104
Hervey Bay, 25° 67 35 64 15 16 7
Rockhampton, 23° 29 25 53 22 21 12
Mackay, 21° 10 20 14 8 4 5
Townsville, 19° 168 75 27 25 14 12
Cairns, 16° 26 21 6 9 9 3
Remainder of east coast 194 110 174 180 51 18

a. The term ‘strandings’ is used here for dead, injured, sick or incapacitated marine wildlife, whether washed ashore or reported at sea.

Last updated
23 August 2017