Helicopter Surveys

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Helicopter Surveys

In addition to regular ghost net patrols, aerial surveys for ghost nets were conducted by various groups. Piggybacking on existing helicopter based work enabled ranger organisations to quickly and efficiently gather information about possible nets on their country.

These targeted helicopter patrols were specifically designed to gain information about ghost net locations in areas not previously surveyed or difficult to access by regular patrol methods. One such occasion that employed the use of a helicopter was when the Wellesley Island Rangers attached a sling to the chopper so that nets on the Bountiful Islands could be moved to a more accessible location for disposal.

The table below shows the various helicopter surveys conducted between 2010 and 2012.

Location

Ranger Groups

Dates

Results

Kms patrolled

The NT/WA border to the Moyle River (north of Wadeye), Joseph Bonapart Gulf.

Thamarrurr and Timber Creek Rangers

20 -23 Feb 2012

34 nets.

1060km

Cape Scott

Thamarrurr and Bulgul

25/11/2012

835kg removed.

N/A

Sir Edward Pellew Islands & Robinson River-Pelican Spit

Lianthawirriyarra

1/09/2010

70 nets

N/A

Coastline between Gove and Mt Alexander

Dhimurru

N/A N/A N/A

Miwul to Cape Barrow, Gulf of Carpentaria, NT

Numburindi

7-12 Jul 2011

381 nets, 6 entaglements.

63kms

Towns River to Wuygiba, Gulf of Carpentaria, NT

Yugul Mangi

07/2011

nil 63kms

Cape Scott to the Daly River, NT

Wudicupildyer

11/2011

6 nets

N/A

Marchinbar Island, Wessell Island Group, NT

Gumurr Marthakal

10/2010

336 nets

N/A

Robinson River, NT to the Queensland border.

Garawa and Waanyi Garawa

31/08/2010

141 nets.

113kms

Old Doomadgee, Qld to NT border

Gangalidda and Garawa

28/06/2011

8 nets

N/A

Southern Aurukun

Wik and Kugu

TBA

TBA

N/A

Bountiful Islands, Wellesley island Group, Qld

Wellesley Island

2-4 Apr 2012

42 nets (5-tonne)

442ha