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Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis)



Species Action Statement

This species has been assigned to the Partnership species management stream under the Saving our Species program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

The species has less than 10% of its population in NSW

Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Endangered

Management objectives

This action statement aims to secure critical populations of this species in NSW in the long-term.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

OEH is currently developing a targeted approach for managing Partnership species species. In the interim, the following management actions have been identified for this species.
  • Participate in the national recovery program to measure and model population abundance and trends in the Australian population.
  • Participate in the national recovery program to better define the characteristics (spatial, temporal, physical) of calving, feeding, and migratory areas for southern right whales.
  • Use best practice methods to reduce the likelihood of whale entanglements in marine debris & marine industry equipment.
  • Manage the potential impacts of tourism on whales and educate marine users about best practice behaviours and regulations when interacting with whales.
  • Improve knowledge of southern right whale feeding ecology, and the ecology of prey species to assist with the identification of critical habitat for the species.
  • In areas important to survival of this species undertake research to determine the impacts & threats of human activities & implement management measures to ensure ongoing recovery.
  • Include best practice code of conduct conditions for commercial vessels operating under the Marine Parks Authority licenses.

Are you or is someone you know doing conservation work for this species or in this area?

Contact us to tell us about the work. Your input will help OEH evaluate the status of threatened species and provide a broader picture of conservation work across NSW.