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Saltwater crocodiles

Description: 

Distribution, abundance, critical habitat and population growth rates of saltwater crocodile populations in the Kimberley region

Other Details: 

Kimberly Marine Research Program: Project 1.2.3
Location: River systems and waterways King Edward, Drysdale, Walcott Inlet and May (Stokes Bay)
Project Leader: Andy Halford, DPaW
Telephone: 9219 9795
Email: Andrew.Halford@DPaW.wa.gov.au

Project Summary Update

Projects Aims

  1. To count saltwater crocodiles in the Kimberley region;
  2. To survey Kimberley waters that have never been surveyed for crocodiles in partnership with Indigenous Rangers e.g. Drysdale River and Walcott Inlet
  3. To calculate population growth rates in river systems that have been surveyed previously
  4. Study geographical variation in abundance and population growth rate between rivers systems

To identify critical habitat for saltwater crocodiles in the Kimberley region.

Proposed Methods

  • Boat-based spotlight surveys broadscale and standardized

Project Duration 2015-2016

News

Presentations

  1. Lunch and Learn presentation at Department of Parks and Wildlife (06/02/2017) (video of presentation below) (presentation slides)
  2. Science on the Broome Coast: How well are estuarine crocodiles doing in the Kimberley?
  3. WAMSI Conference 2015: Andy Halford, DPaW - Crocodiles  (presentation slides)

 

News

Saltwater crocodile numbers up in the Kimberley, fears the reptiles will spread to populated areas (ABC)
Saltwater crocodile populations continue to grow in Prince Regent River (WAMSI BUlletin (February 2017)