Coastal and Estuarine Dolphin Project

Coastal and Estuarine Dolphin Project

Dr Lars Bejder, Dr Hugh Finn, Delphine Chabanne, Lisa-Marie Harrison, James Raeside and Shona Warton - Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit; Dr Kris Warren, Dr Nahiid Stephens, Dr Carly Holyoake, Bec Donaldson – Murdoch University Conservation Medicine Program; Dr Chandra Salgado-Kent, Karl Beidatsch, Sarah Marley, Estênio Paiva and Rhianne Ward – Centre for Marine Science and Technology, Curtin University.

The Coastal and Estuarine Dolphin Project (CEDP) is a collaborative, multi-institution project, combining the research expertise of Curtin University and Murdoch University with the support of a variety of corporate, community, and government partners. CEDP is studying the health, ecology, and conservation of dolphins inhabiting the metropolitan waters of Perth, including the Swan Canning Riverpark and Cockburn Sound.


The Coastal and Estuarine Dolphin Project aims to ensure the long-term conservation of bottlenose dolphins in metropolitan waters of Perth, Western Australia. CEDP follows a partnership model, with project partners drawn from State and Local Government, industry, recreational river-users, and the broader community of Western Australia. The project will deliver tangible outcomes to assist with the long-term conservation of dolphins in the Swan River and the southern waters of Perth.

The primary objectives of CEDP are:

  • to conduct rigorous and innovative research into the health and ecology of dolphins in the Perth metropolitan area;
  • to provide scientific information to industry and State and Local Governments to support dolphin conservation and management;
  • to share information and expertise with community members and organisations to improve community based conservation and monitoring efforts for dolphins

CEDP has four project areas:

  • Ecology;
  • Health;
  • Monitoring Technologies
  • Conservation and Community

For full details about the Coastal and Estuarine Dolphin Project, including information about the four project areas, partnership opportunities, current partner organizations and supporters, latest news, and information about becoming a Dolphin Watch volunteer, please visit the project’s website:

Photo credit for first photos, Mr Doug Coughran, DEC. Bec Donaldson took the remaining photos.