Help Protect the Rare Australian Snubfin Dolphin

Target: Minister Tony Burke, Australia

Goal: To ensure Australia protects the rare snubfin dolphin by listing it as threatened.

The snubfin dolphin is a dolphin found exclusively off the Northern coast of Australia. Little was known about the dolphin species until recently as it was only listed as a unique species in 2005. The snubfin was previously mistaken for the Irrawaddy dolphin as the two species bare a close resemblance. Researchers have estimated that there may be as few as 1,000 adult snubfin dolphins alive today and though the future of the species is clearly threatened, they are not currently considered a protected species in Australia.

Snubfin dolphins are getting tangled in fishing nets and even hit by boats as encroaching coastal development continues to pollute their habitat and due to their unfavorable protection status, they are not afforded protection within the confines of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

These dolphins are currently considered critically threatened in places like Queensland where the local government is taking a stand for their protection. Please ask Australian Minister of the Environment Tony Burke to do his part to secure the future of the snubfin dolphin by offering protection at the national level.


Dear Minister Tony Burke, Australian Minister of the Environment

The future of the snubfin dolphin is at great risk as these shy marine mammals continue to be caught in fishing nets, injured by boats, and harmed by pollutants in their habitats. We know that their numbers are declining and the loss of even one more individual can have a significant impact on the future of the species.

The snubfin is the only dolphin found exclusively in Australia and as such, depends on Australia to provide it with safe and healthy habitats. This can only be accomplished by offering protection for the species at the federal level and imposing serious penalties on those who harm them.

Please consider listing the snubfin dolphin as a critically threatened species under the Australian EPBC Act.


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