In the last few years I have taken a keen interest in the Port River Dolphin Sanctuary and it’s 30 resident dolphins. The dolphins are doing an amazing job of surviving and breeding in a busy river port but it has not been without its fair share of tragedy and loss.
There is scope for TTN and GDF to step in and set up an environmental monitoring and surveillance system that will measure water quality parameters including temperature, dissolved oxygen and pH. If Marine Rangers and the Port community are able to have real time data on when water quality drops or if a pollution event occurs, they will be able to respond quickly to any harmful events.
A way to help
There have been reports of people actively harassing and hurting the dolphins and some of these magnificent animals have been found with wounds on their bodies from bullets, spears and impacts with fast moving objects such as boats and jet ski’s.
There is also evidence of dolphins dying from living in a heavily polluted environment. That being said, the Port River is definitely a lot healthier and less polluted than it has been in the past, but there is still plenty of room for improvement.
I am hoping there is group of similarly concerned people out there who would like to work on this project so we can help protect the Port River Dolphins. We certainly have the technology to get this project happening – we just need a core group of committed people to kick start the project. Who’s in?