Low Head community members have decided to take action against the growing number of penguin deaths in the area.
The Friends of the Low Head Penguin Colony was brought together after a public forum was held in March this year by Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, BirdLife Tasmania's Dr Eric Woehler and IMAS Associate Professor Mary-Anne Lee on finding a solution to the penguin death issue.
In a statement by the group, they said that public response to the cause had been really pleasing.
"In brief, the aims of the group are the protection, welfare, and scientific research of these little penguins and education of the community, especially in relation to the responsibilities of pet ownership," the statement reads.
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"We currently have over 60 names on our mailing list which includes some Launceston residents, a researcher at Phillip Island and an interest through one of our Launceston associates by a lady in China."
More than 80 penguin deaths resulting from dog attacks have been recorded in recent months in the Low Head area.
Mr Whish-Wilson said that he was heartened to see community-driven action by Low Head to put a stop to more penguin fatalities.
"It's really exciting to see this community group coming together starting what will be a long term project," he said.
"You can't manage what you don't monitor.
"It's not just dogs, penguins face a whole range of threats from over-fishing in their oceans to marine plastic pollution and climate change and rising sea levels.
"I think we need to literally throw the kitchen sink at this problem."
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Operations are being undertaken by BirdLife Tasmania to map out remaining fairy penguin nests in the Low Head colony to determine the impact of the dog attacks. It is believed that between 3000 and 5000 penguins inhabit Low Head.
The Friends of the Low Head Penguin Colony are also in the process of becoming a branch of Wildcare Tasmania.