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Dolphin Sanctuary speed restrictions review

by Boating Industry Association 19 Oct 2018 02:55 UTC

There has been considerable media and political attention given to blunt trauma injuries sustained by dolphins within the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary, allegedly caused by boats operating at speed.

The SA Museum report claimed that 17 out of 35 dolphins that died in the sanctuary over the past 13 years, had been killed by blunt trauma. To date there has been no proper evidence or proof that the injuries have been caused by boats.

The Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government the Hon. Stephan Knoll MP organised a round-table meeting last week to discuss the speed limits within the Sanctuary, with all major stakeholders to directly hear views on the issues and possible solutions.

The BIA had already had discussions with representatives from DPTI and DEW and put forward ideas to consider, within the lower reaches of the Barker Inlet and the Port River. Any idea of a blanket speed limit across the entire sanctuary was vigorously opposed. Considering part of this waterway is our major shipping corridor, it is surprising why it was ever declared a sanctuary. Dolphins have co-habitated with all types of vessels since their inception, are naturally attracted, love riding on boat wash, are very intelligent and very fast in the water.

The Minister is now waiting on further advice from his department to form a view of a workable solution, for further consultation with all stakeholders.

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