Time to celebrate!

Birthday Survey crew celebrating on KI Marine Adventures at Dashwood Bay – Phyll Bartram March 7th 2022
Bottlenose Calf at Dashwood Bay – Peter Fuller March 7th 2022
Happy Citizen Science volunteers on the way to the survey site – Phyll Bartram March 7th 2022

Citizen Scientists at work on station at Dashwood Bay – Phyll Bartram March 7th 2022

Celebrating 17 years of Citizen Science in our region!

Kangaroo Island / Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch celebrated entering the 17th year of dolphin research on Kangaroo Island last month, and shortly we celebrate 11 years since we expanded the project to Victor Harbor in 2011, working with the Big Duck Boat Tours http://thebigduck.com.au.

On our KI Birthday survey on Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures http://kimarineaaadventures.com.au the volunteers visited Dashwood Bay in the Mission Blue North Coast Hope Spot http://mission-blue.org to collect vital data around the Bottlenose dolphins and the habitat which is so critical to their wellbeing.

The dolphins appeared in numbers as if to celebrate as well, with lots of frisky “party” behaviour displayed by the juveniles and newborn calves.

Perhaps Dolphin Watch mentor Dr Mike Bossley AM, one of the progenitors of the project says it best in his brilliant, recently published book “Whales, Dolphins and Me” – Moonglow Publishing. http://moonglowpublishing.com.au

“Undertaking long term studies increases immeasurably the enjoyment to be gained by watching animals in the wild because it allows a much deeper appreciation of what is happening. The biologist, be they professional or amateur, certainly gains enormous satisfaction if they have studied their species / environment over an extended period.”

With a dearth of knowledge about dolphins as characterised by their data deficient status with the IUCN, such longitudinal studies are vital.

Volunteers Sharon and Keith Sharp from the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary / Whale and Dolphin Conservation joined the crew which included long serving, dedicated volunteers who have spent many hours over the years supporting the research effort.

At the celebration lunch at the Emu Bay Lavender Farm http://emubaylavenderfarm.com there was an opportunity for Coordinator Tony Bartram to thank the volunteers of all ages, sponsors and supporters over the years for their outstanding contributions.

Particular note was made of Dolphin Watch operational partner Andrew Neighbour of KI Marine Adventures who has provided outstanding levels of subsidy and support from the beginning.

A perfect example of Ecotourism and Citizen Science joining forces to effect high level conservation outcomes.

To our wonderful Ecotourism partners, sponsors, supporters and volunteers of all ages over all these years…we thank you!!!

Here’s to the next 17 years and beyond.

#citizenscience #dolphins #celebration #kangarooisland #victorharbor #sponsors #supporters #volunteers


Bottlenose Female and Calf at Dashwood Bay – Phyll Bartram March 7th 2022
Coordinator Tony Bartram’s Thankyou speech at Emu Bay Lavender Farm – Phyll Bartram March 7th 2022
“The Three Birthday Kids” – celebrating their birthdays as well as Dolphin Watch! – Phyll Bartram March 7th 2022

The Mystery of Mrs Mandela

Mrs Mandela Survey 226 at Dashwood Bay – Sue Holman

A wonderful case of survival …..

First observed on a marine tour on KI Marine Adventures www.kimarineadventures.com.au in February 2018 on the pristine North Coast of Kangaroo Island, South Australia in the North Coast Mission Blue Hope Spot www.mission-blue.org ,   Bottlenose dolphin Mandela has survived what appears to be appalling predation, presumably a shark attack.

Unrecognisable Bottlenose dolphin observed on KI Marine Adventures at Dashwood Bay in 2018 – Nina Maurovic

Often observed on surveys since that first sighting, with other “regular” dolphins, and in the close company of a juvenile (Mr Wishing) she appears to be doing as well as possible and taking full advantage of these shallow, protected waters  – critical habitat for a large number of dolphins and a range of other species.

Mandela and Mr Wishing January 2019 Dashwood Bay – KI/VH Dolphin Watch

Easily recognised by all Citizen Scientists on board regular surveys, it is always a joy to see her, over the years.

To our great delight Mrs Mandela was observed at Dashwood Bay with a brand new calf in January 2021 which we called Scooter, due to the high level of activity! Fortunately female and calf are both still doing well and observed regularly on surveys and marine tours.  

Mrs Mandela and new calf Scooter January 2021 – KI / VH Dolphin Watch
Mrs Mandela and Scooter January 19th 2021 Dashwood Bay – Sue Holman

The challenging mystery remains, unsolved to date despite our best efforts……what actually happened and what was her identity before the attack ?

Is she a known female in our region over all these years or did she more recently choose these protected waters for sanctuary?

We may never know….

Long may Mrs Mandela and her progeny remain safe, survive and thrive.  

#bottlenosedolphins #citizenscience #conservation #protection #missionblue #northcoast #hopespot

Mrs Mandela January 2019 Dashwood Bay – Tony Bartram
Scooter and Mrs Mandela January 2022 Dashwood Bay – Sue Holman

Chompy the Champion and friends

Chompy at Cape De Couedic, Kangaroo Island January 2022 – Nikki Redman

A wonderful story of survival – a remarkably resilient sentient being, non human person

As far back as 1998 surfers at Pennington Bay, Kangaroo Island were telling stories of a remarkable looking dolphin with virtually no dorsal fin. At the time it was supported by two other dolphins from its pod, an outstanding example of the care and kinship within these groups for which they are renowned.

Chompy surfing at Pennington Bay, KI 2014 – Nikki Redman

Observations over the years have seen Chompy living life fully without the use of the dorsal fin, part of the balancing system used by dolphins to guide them so effortlessly through the fluid environment. 

Analysis of our land based monitoring images and vital community data generously provided by wonderful tour guide / photographer Nikki Redman and photographers and tour guides over the years, lead to the conclusion that Chompy was a possible shark attack survivor and indeed lucky to have survived that encounter.

We asked Nikki to name him / her…..Chompy it is and we added The Champion!

No doubt about it!

To watch Chompy thriving over all these years, and surfing etc as effortlessly as his peers is an incredibly moving experience.

In a fascinating development we believe Chompy is associating with several other dolphins with badly damaged dorsal fins, travelling very large distances along the rugged South Coast, including Nikki’s recent observations this month at Cape De Couedic, Flinders Chase!

 It seems these intrepid survivors stick together!

Quasimodo at West Bay KI 2013 – IFAW
Sellkirk at West Bay KI 2013 – IFAW
Chompy at Cape De Couedic 2022 – Nikki Redman
Chompy travelling in the company of dolphins and a sealion at Hanson Bay KI 2017 – Phyll Bartram

One can only observe with wonder and ponder the incredible will to live and desire to heal which characterises this remarkable example of overcoming a potentially disastrous injury and the resulting disability. Truly a perfect time to provide the ultimate accolade of champion to a remarkably resilient non human person – the dolphin simply known as “Chompy the Champion”.

Nikki Redman’s story

Kangaroo Island Odyssey  Naturalist Tour guide

June 12th 2014

“My colleague Terry Pearce recently showed me a picture of a dolphin he photographed at Pennington Bay 3 years ago with no dorsal fin which was being supported by 2 other dolphins in the pod.  Crazy enough the following day I was at Pennington Bay on tour and I saw a dolphin with no dorsal fin and managed to photograph it –  it was swimming freely in the pod, not being supported. I was amazed to find out after sending the picture to Tony and Phyll, that it was the same dolphin and what was even more wonderful, they let me name it. I called it “Chompy” as it looked like its dorsal had been chomped off by a shark.

On the 8th of June I was at Pennington Bay again and saw Chompy and friends. I didn’t manage to photograph it this time but definitely saw it!  2 days later on the 10th of June I was at Seal Bay half way along the KI coast and saw a huge pod of dolphins chasing fish. I believe they were launching out of the water and it was amazing. I then noticed a dolphin with no dorsal – I’m not 100% sure but I think it was Chompy.  If it was I think it’s amazing as it certainly is having no trouble keeping up with the pod. What an amazing survivor!”

Thankyou so much dear Nikki for your amazing, invaluable contribution over the years!

Our grateful thanks to all who contribute wonderful community data and images, helping us to learn more about these remarkable non human person, sentient beings!!

#weekendinspiration #chompy #dolphin #survivor #surfer #sharkattack #resilience #penningtonbay #southcoast #missionblue #hopespots #nobluenogreen #southernocean #greatsouthernreef #traveller #thinkblue #conservation

Quasimodo with a large pod including Chompy at Pennington Bay KI in 2016, surviving and thriving! – Christian Clolus

What IS Citizen Science?

Citizen Science volunteers at work in Victor Harbor on a Big Duck Boat Tours survey – November 2017
Citizen Science volunteers at work at North Cape, Kangaroo Island on a KI Marine Adventures survey – June 2021
Investigator College students experiencing and assisting with Citizen Science in Victor Harbor on a Big Duck Boat Tours survey – November 2021

Professor Hugh Possingham, Chief Scientist of Queensland says it all:

“The power of citizen science to remake or reimagine the world lies in the opportunities it gives to everyone involved – opportunities to learn about the world, to pose questions about how we affect the world and to consider how any change can make a difference.

Furthermore, being engaged in citizen science provides people with the confidence to speak out about matters they care about and to question policies or decisions with which they disagree.”

Professor Possingham is the wonderful Patron of the fantastic Australian Citizen Science Association –  we are delighted to be long standing members and supporters!


Photographic dolphin identification process in action on a survey in Victor Harbor – December 2020
Perfect dolphin survey conditions on the North Coast of KI on a KI Marine Adventures survey – October 2020
Citizen Science dolphin data collection on the Big Duck Boat Tours, assisted by Skipper Ian Andrews – April 2018

A community, non-for-profit charity that supports, informs and develops Citizen Science, ACSA defines Citizen Science as the collection and analysis of scientific data in relation to the natural world, performed predominantly by citizens, usually in collaboration with scientists and field experts. Citizen scientists work with scientists or the scientific framework to achieve scientific goals.

Citizen Science involves public participation and collaboration in scientific research with the aim to increase scientific knowledge. It’s a great way to harness community skills and passion to fuel the capacity of science to answer our questions about the world and how it works.

Founded in May 2014 and incorporated in 2015, their mission is to advance Citizen Science through advocacy, collaboration, sharing of knowledge, and capacity building. They are run by volunteers with only 1 – 2 paid part-time staff members and are always looking for collaborations and funding partners, welcoming everyone from all walks of life.

ACSA are currently developing a national community of practice for all types of Citizen Science within Australia and are very keen to hear from anyone about how to best support the needs of researchers, educators, project managers or citizen scientists.

Do join their mailing list to stay up to date with the latest citizen science developments, and events. To find projects near you head to their website and click on Resources then Project Finder.

Happy days being a Citizen Scientist …and thankyou ACSA!!

A huge THANKYOU to all our Citizen Scientists, operational partners, sponsors and supporters for 17 years of vital scientific data collection!

#citizenscience #conservation #opportunities #questions #change #makingadifference #engagement #power #thankyou #love #gratitude

Citizen Science Volunteers / photographers at work at North Cape, Kangaroo Island on a KI Marine Adventures survey – June 2021
Citizen Science volunteers in action at Victor Harbor – February 2018
Dolphin data collection at North Cape, Kangaroo Island on KI Marine Adventures assisted by Skipper Andrew Neighbour – June 2021
Perfect survey conditions monitoring Bottlenose dolphins on survey on KI Marine Adventures at Dashwood Bay, Kangaroo Island – Roger Foster April 2018

SA Science Awards 2021

SA Citizen Science Awards Finalists and Winners Presentations – KI / VH Dolphin Watch

Kangaroo Island’s position as an extraordinary Environmental Science site was highlighted once again at the SA Young Tall Poppies Science Awards and Unsung Heroes Award, and the inaugural SA Citizen Science Awards.

Of the four finalists in the SA Citizen Science Outstanding Science and Research, and the Outstanding Engagement Awards, two had strong connections to the island and both were winners.

Kangaroo Island / Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch won the Outstanding Engagement Award with Adelaide University’s iBandi as runner up. Adelaide University’s Echidna CSI of which Dr Peggy Rismiller of Pelican Lagoon Research Centre is a major part, won the Outstanding Science Award with Dr Tahlia Perry accepting the award on behalf of her team.

Coordinator Tony Bartram accepting the Community Engagement Award

Once again KI’s potential as a leading research base, both on land and sea was obvious.  In his acceptance speech which was well received by the audience including Governor Frances Adamson AC and Chief Scientist for SA Professor Caroline McMillen who presented the Citizen Science Awards, Dolphin Watch Coordinator Tony Bartram emphasised the importance of the marine environment and the need for greater resourcing of research into our oceans and their flora and fauna. It was a point not lost on the few marine researchers in the room, making for interesting discussions to follow by leading scientific entities.

SA Citizen Science Awards 2021 Finalists and Winners

An invitation to attend the inspiring SA Science Awards at Tonsley Innovation Centre on 26th of November gave KI/VH Dolphin Watch’s Tony and Phyll Bartram the opportunity to meet with other Science Award winners and view the videos prepared by Randy Larcombe Film and Imaging http://www.randylarcombe.com.au for the event and for promoting the winners of the Awards.

THANKYOU Randy, Inspiring South Australia www.inspiringsa.org.au and Australian Citizen Science Association www.citizenscience.org.au for helping us to share our conservation message!

Dolphin Watch are extremely grateful for the award which provides a much needed boost of $5,000 towards ongoing research effort in the region plus outstanding recognition of the Citizen Science efforts of wonderful volunteers, operational partners, mentors, sponsors and supporters, since 2005 on KI and 2011 in Victor Harbor.

Randy Larcombe’s Dolphin Watch video presentation at the SA Science Awards 2021

Awards Winners’ Celebrations!

#sasciencewards #citizenscience #awards #citsciinSA #dolphins #dolphinwatch #volunteers

#conservation #love #gratitude

Using the data!

A Dolphin Watch Workshop in action!

Data collection is the lynchpin of all Citizen Science projects but it is sometimes worth considering why people take part in such activities.

It is often because of an intense interest, a care for or even a love of a species or special place that defines community member’s passion and commitment.

Survey 222 at Dashwood Bay, Kangaroo Island – October 2021

Our dedicated Dolphin Watch community volunteers of all ages collaborate with Scientists on effective “Citizen Science” on boat-based surveys, land-based monitoring and community data input, contributing a staggering number of volunteer hours since 2005.

Images and video footage are collected, identifying individual dolphins by distinctive dorsal fins and body markings. Vital data is recorded on movements and habitats, creating a vitally important sustainable, longitudinal study.

Citizen Scientists at work on Survey in 2019 with Channel 7 Ron Kandelaars on board – Dashwood Bay, KI

Our core business is data collection with respect to regional dolphin populations and habitats. In regular workshops we transform this data through collation, analysis and cataloguing and recording to inform conservation effort.

Entering data on Island Mind Database

It is important to realise the need to use that data for protection and conservation of that which we hold dear. An ethos of custodianship and stewardship should be a desired outcome of any project involving Citizen Scientist volunteers. If we wish people to care for species and their habitats they must first have experiences of them and it is this characteristic of immersion which underpins the best and most successful and enduring longitudinal research projects engaging Citizen Scientists.

It’s all about the angles!

A huge thankyou to our wonderful sponsors I-NEX Corporation http://www.i-nex.com.au an Australian software developer and supporter, for their long term partnership, funding, faith, encouragement and support, creating and maintaining our website and database for 17 years!

#citizenscience #datacollection #dataanalysis #transformation #partnership #conservation

#love #gratitude

A Volunteer’s Story

“My Dolphin Watch Experience

I can honestly say that joining Kangaroo Island / Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch (KI/VHDW) is changing my life for the better.

And there are several reasons for that.

Most of my life has been spent on, in or close to the ocean; boating, fishing, scuba diving, swimming or quite simply sitting.

With a love of all things marine, moving to Australia on the very last day of 1998 was an easy choice. On previous trips to this great country, I had spent treasured time on liveaboards on the Great Barrier Reef, diving, and snorkelling, enjoying the amazing sea-life.

And in the years before, I had visited many  wonderful dive sites around the world, including Turkey (Bodrum) and Israel (Eilat). Amongst the glorious marine creatures I encountered, dolphins were always the most special.

Working as a marine scientist would have been my dream but, unfortunately, science wasn’t really a thing at my school way back when! So, I take every opportunity I can to get involved with marine projects.

Pre-survey briefing with Dolphin Watch Coordinator Tony Bartram – January 2021
Survey 217 on KI Marine Adventures at Dashwood Bay, Kangaroo Island – January 2021

Getting involved

Arriving on Kangaroo Island in 2020, and discovering KIVHDW, was such a buzz, so exciting and a dream come true. I was given contact details for Phyll and Tony Bartram and, before I knew it, I was off on my first survey.

Taking part in these surveys has not only introduced me to the dolphins of KI but also to some of the nicest people I have ever met. People who feel more like family, who have welcomed and embraced me.

Recovering from cancer, I get so much out of these trips. As well as interacting with the dolphins and learning more about them and their habitat, the surveys are helping me heal, mentally and emotionally.

And we all know dolphins have healing abilities!

Citizen Science Volunteers Izzy, Sue and John Holman at work at North Cape, Kangaroo Island – Survey 220

Interacting with dolphins

There are those who say humans should not interact with wild animals. But how else do we learn? It’s not the interaction that’s the problem, it is how it is managed. KIVHDW members show great respect for the animals and the environment. The fact that the dolphins come to us shows how keen they are to interact and how interested they are in learning about humans.

Animal behaviourists have observed that animals can benefit from interaction. When we go out on a survey, the dolphins appear to enjoy swimming around the boat, diving, and surfacing, even rolling on their sides to get a better look at us.

Just who is being studied here?

Research clearly shows that when people interact with animals in their environment, it promotes better understanding and education. And that leads to more support for conservation and protection.

Citizen Science

And then there’s the knowledge we gather through the surveys. How else would we be able to argue against developments such as Smiths Bay? Who else will speak up for the animals?

The importance of Citizen Science must never be under-estimated; it is crucial that ordinary people have the opportunity to study our world and share their knowledge. This empowers communities to speak up and make positive change.

Better access to more scientific data has never been more important.  And funding that research through Citizen Science must continue if we are to protect our natural world.

The people who take part in these surveys are willing to input time and energy, passion, and patience. But we couldn’t do any of this without the practical support of people like Andrew Neighbour, and all our sponsors.

Essential research

Citizen scientists provide a cost-effective means of carrying out essential studies. And they have been studying cetacean populations for decades, all around the world. Shore and boat-based research is enabling us to learn more about the dolphins, their behaviour, and their environment.

Being a part of this is a privilege. And it feels good to be making a difference to the world in which we live. I would recommend the experience to anyone interested in marine life and the ocean.

For me personally, I cannot get enough of it! We are there to gather data but sometimes, I just have to stop and watch and enjoy. The feeling of joy and peace that comes over me helps calm the anxiety that has always plagued me.

As a person with high-functioning autism, this has become a key part of my new life on Kangaroo Island, and I intend to be involved for many years to come.”

Isobel Coleman June 9th 2021

Hardy volunteers heading out to North Cape on KI Marine Adventures on a very chilly Survey 220 – June 2021
Debrief post-survey Lunch and Dolphin Watch 16th Birthday celebrations at Emu Bay Lavender Farm – March 2021

Thankyou so much dear Izzy for so kindly sharing your very special story. We have always felt Dolphin Watch is life changing for all of us, and we are delighted it is so for you too! Such a joy to have you on board!

Love and gratitude, always. XOX

#THANKYOU #citizenscience #dolphinwatch #dolphins #volunteers #conservation #kangarooisland #victorharbor

Time to celebrate!

16th KI Birthday Survey 219 on Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures on March 9th 2021 – Dashwood Bay
10th Victor Harbor Birthday Survey 115 on the Big Duck Boat Tours April 28th 2021 – Encounter Bay
Volunteers at work – Dashwood Bay, Kangaroo Island
Volunteers at work – Victor Harbor

In March and April 2021 we celebrated significant milestones in our region with our 16th and 10th Birthdays – 16+ years of Citizen Science in the region on Kangaroo Island since 2005 and 10 years since we expanded to Victor Harbor in 2011. 

Volunteers, scientists and dolphins….. a magical mix!!

We have undertaken 336 boatbased research surveys on Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures www.kimarineadventures.com.au (220) and The Big Duck Boat Tours www.thebigduck.com.au (116) Eco Tourism vessels plus volunteers regularly joining marine tours in the region,  collecting vital data to supplement our survey efforts.  64 boat surveys on KI core group volunteers Sue and John Holman’s small Stacer “Maggie” have been undertaken on Kangaroo Island since Feb 2019, plus a massive number of landbased monitoring surveys at various sites in the region.

Monitoring Bottlenose Dolphins on the North Coast of Kangaroo Island
Monitoring Bottlenose Dolphins at Granite Island, Victor Harbor

Our purpose is to monitor and gather data regarding the movements of dolphins in our regional waters, creating ever expanding catalogues of Common Bottlenose dolphins and Shortbeaked Common dolphins, using photographic identification techniques taught to us by our mentor Dr Mike Bossley AM. Establishing dolphins’ home range and preferred habitats enables us to work towards increasing their protection with a view to conservation. Volunteers experience life changing community action and custodianship, caring for their environment and natural resources, impacting globally and effecting change.

Dolphin Watch was created as a project for senior students to involve them in practical environmental studies and issues related to the marine environment. It has morphed into a longitudinal community project which sees Citizen Science volunteers of all ages actively involved in data collection, analysis, collation, cataloguing etc. It is egalitarian as each participant can choose their own level of involvement and do as little or as much as they like to contribute. It has multi entry levels so that anyone interested can take part.

Volunteers all have passion in common plus a love for dolphins and the marine environment. Everyone can see the need and understand the relevance of the work and the need for it to be undertaken. Its value to the global community and worldwide conservation effort is understood fully.

Citizen Scientists on the way to Dashwood Bay, KI – January 2021
Citizen Scientists heading out on survey in Encounter Bay – April 2021

We recently completed an extensive detailed review of the Kangaroo Island data and are well on the way to completing the Victor Harbor review, with analysis and transformation of this fascinating regional data. Working with our scientific advisors towards higher levels of protection than currently exist, our current focus areas include non seasonal breeding plus further connectivity investigations etc.

The designation of Kangaroo Island’s North Coast as a Mission Blue Hope Spot www.mission-blue.org in 2020 is a great recent success. The project has won many awards over the years including an IFAW and two UN Awards and the Australian Government’s Minister’s Award for Coastal Custodians in 2007. We trust that bringing international attention to bear on the Hope Spots – Kangaroo Island North Coast and the Great Southern Reef www.greatsouthernreef.com, and the remarkable endemism which abounds, the message will gradually get out there. So much protection and conservation effort has brought the Great Australian Bight and Kangaroo Island’s waters on to the world stage and started gleaning interest in the temperate waters wonderland that exists.

Through the involvement of the International Union for Conservation of Nature www.iucn.org in both the Hope Spot and the recent Important Marine Mammals Area designation, the word is spreading about the special nature of the Reef.

Grateful thanks as always to our wonderful partners, sponsors, supporters and volunteers who make it all happen.

Please hop on over to follow our ongoing Citizen Science activities on Instagram and Facebook  @kivhdolphinwatch  or Twitter @KIDolphinWatch  and should you be in the region we would love to see you and welcome you on board!

#THANKYOU #happybirthday #16years #10years #citizenscience #kangarooisland #victorharbor #encounterbay #fleurieupeninsular #greatsouthernreef #southernocean #bottlenosedolphins #commondolphins #volunteers #supporters #conservation #missionblue #thinkblue

Time to celebrate – North Coast, Kangaroo Island
Happy Days! Encounter Bay, Victor Harbor

The world is watching…..

Dashwood Bay – on our Dolphin Watch Citizen Science survey monitoring the resident Bottlenose dolphin populations on Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures
Smith Bay – landbased monitoring at the site for the proposed KIPT “multi user deepwater port facility”

7 days to #SAVESMITHBAY !

This is our last chance to object to Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers proposed industrialisation of the pristine North Coast of Kangaroo Island, with a wood chip timber export port, now referred to as “a multi-user deepwater port facility”!!

Stunning Smith Bay is right is the middle of Australia’s newest @missionblue Kangaroo Island North Coast Hope Spot declared in August 2020.

PLEASE read wonderful Mission Blue www.mission-blue.org Founder Dr Sylvia Earle’s letter below, appealing to Premier Steven Marshall in September 2020.  

PLEASE submit an objection by responding to KIPTs Addendum to the Environmental Impact Statement through an email to the Minister for Planning and Local Government majordevadmin@sa.gov.au by February 12th 5pm.

Or if you prefer:

THANKYOU Dr Sylvia Earle and all at Mission Blue!

Tuesday 15 September, 2020

The Hon. Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia

State Administration Centre, 200 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000

I am pleased to inform you that the Kangaroo Island-North Coast has been approved as a Mission Blue Hope Spot and as such is now one of 131 areas recognized for their exceptional natural, scientific, aesthetic, social and historic importance. Mission Blue, a U. S. based conservation organization, works closely with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and more than 200 international partners to secure enhanced recognition and protection for places such as Kangaroo Island’s North Coast, the Great Barrier Reef, the Coral Sea, Galapagos Island, Palau, Antarctica’s Ross Sea and other sensitive areas regarded as global treasures.

The nomination was submitted by Tony and Phyll Bartram of Kangaroo Island/Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch working in collaboration with Australian Ocean Laboratory – AusOcean. It has the support of many other stakeholders including both the State and Federal Members of Parliament, corporate entities, ecotourism operators, other Not-for-Profit organizations and community members. The involvement of the stakeholders and supporters indicates the widespread interest in protecting a wonderfully rich ecosystem with incredible biodiversity – a veritable marine wonderland, the home for sea creatures as distinctively Australian as kangaroos and koalas.

Enhanced protection for this unique region is of special importance now because of the current proposal to carve an export facility at Smith Bay in the heart of the North Coast by Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers to facilitate the export of timber. If the port is approved, construction and operation of the port will result in a huge loss, not only for South Australia, but for the world. This is an area that has remained remarkably resilient, an economically and ecologically valuable temperate equivalent to the Great Barrier Reef. And, like the Barrier Reef, the region is vulnerable to human actions that serve short term interests but incur enduring and irreparable loss. Any potential threats to this relatively unspoiled, largely intact area should be carefully considered both in terms of environmental damage and lost economic potential.

Dashwood Bay – looking East towards the adjacent proposed “multi-user deepwater port facility.”
Smith Bay – Eastern end
Smith Bay – Western end

The special nature of Kangaroo Island, a key part of the Great Southern Reef, is described in a 2019 AusOcean Smith Bay Marine Ecology Report by Catherine Larkin :

Yet temperate waters hold a great diversity of marine life and few more so than the waters of southern Australia, increasingly referred to as the Great Southern Reef (GSR). Unlike tropical reefs in which species are distributed globally, 90% of species found in the Great Southern Reef are endemic to southern Australia.

These are not cosmopolitan species that might just as easily pop up on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) as a reef in Belize, The Maldives or The Philippines. These are marine species that are native to Australia and geographical isolation has confined them to our waters. They are as much a part of the Australia’s wonderful natural heritage as our unique terrestrial wildlife. Kangaroo Island’s marine environment is particularly significant as it encompasses semi protected Gulf waters, unprotected Southern Ocean waters and areas of confluence between the two. While several marine studies have been conducted over the years, generally these have been quite sparse in their geographical coverage.”

Protecting special areas in the ocean has proven to be economically rewarding and effective as a means of maintaining the health of the ocean and of helping to recover damage already incurred by pollution, overfishing and other human actions. At Mission Blue and with our partners globally and locally, we are looking forward to supporting actions by the South Australian and Australian governments that will safeguard Kangaroo Island’s North Coast as an enduring gift for people in the 21st century – and beyond.


Dr. Sylvia Earle

Founder, Mission Blue

KIPT’s Second Addendum to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)



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Cape Cassini – West of Smith Bay
Stokes Bay – West of Smith Bay
Shortbeaked Common dolphins, North Cape – East of Smith Bay
Emu Bay – East of Smith Bay
Dashwood Bay – Dolphin Watch Citizen Science dolphin monitoring survey on KI Marine Adventures
Boxing Bay – East of Smith Bay
Smith Bay – too precious to lose! PLEASE help us to #savesmithbay !!

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