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The Community Dolphin Monitoring Project is a research initiative of the DRI that has been running since 2014. It is ‘citizen science’ with a twist. Volunteer ‘spotters’ of dolphins gather on the second Sunday of the month and record data at regular intervals over four hours at designated sites around the Mornington area.  This data provides a ‘snap shot’ of what is happening in these areas regarding dolphin presence and numbers, and vessel prevalence.People CDMP 2015


There is a waiting-list for ‘spotters’. Each volunteer goes through training; usually at our centre in Hastings. If you are interested, please contact us at

Dates for the Community Dolphin Monitoring Project for 2017 are:

  • 12 February
  • 12 March 
  • 9 April 
  • 7 May 
  • 11 June
  • 9 July 
  • 13 August 
  • 10 September 
  • 8 October 
  • 12 November 
  • 10 December 

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