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The conservation and management of many marine mammal populations relies on accurate and precise estimates of their abundance and distribution using aerial surveys. We aim to test whether Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can replace manned aircraft to (1) reduce costs, (2) reduced human risk, (3) deliver superior data on detection, location, abundance and identification of marine mammal species. This project aims to (1) develop and test technology and techniques for UAV surveys and (2) conduct and compare traditional manned and UAV surveys of dugongs and humpback whales to test the viability of UAV surveys.
This project encompasses dugong research and conservation efforts across the island nations of Comoros, Madagascar and Mauritius in the western Indian Ocean.
We are working with partners to trial innovative means of sustaining community-based conservation initiatives through providing access to health, education and microfinance in return for conservation actions.
This project works with the University of the Philippines, Western Palawan University, fishers associations, local government, community groups and tour and dive operators to research and conserve dugongs in Palawan, their last stronghold in the country.
Anouk has been carrying out cetaceans surveys since 1985
Amanda is a marine biologist
Patricia is the Director of C3 and leads the organisation's dugong research.
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