In 2012 Dr Kate Charlton-Robb submitted a nomination for the Burrunan dolphin, Tursiops australis, to be listed under Victoria’s Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) discussed the submission, sought other professional marine mammal expertise and in March 2013 recommended the Burrunan for listing. The Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Ryan Smith, and the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Peter Walsh, considered the recommendation made by the SAC (and various other recommendations) and in May 2013 listed the Burrunan dolphin as threatened under Schedule 1, sub-criterion 1.2.1 of the FFG Act. Sub-criterion 1.2.1 is defined by a taxon that is “very rare in terms of abundance or distribution”.
An Action Statement will now be drawn up to outline what is intended to be done in order to conserve and manage the species. Dr Kate and the MMF will continue to follow the progress of the Action Statement and be involved with recommendations for future required research.