We have several monitoring projects going on in Panama and publication associated to these projects can be found in peer-here. The main goal of these projects is generate baseline biological data necessary to develop successful management plans for the conservation of marine mammals populations and their habitat
Monitoring of flagship species
Since 2004 we have working in Bocas del Toro documenting the population status of bottlenose dolphins in relation to dolphin watching activities and boat traffic . These data is currently being use to stablished long-term management strategies that protect these dolphins and their habitat . For more information on this project go here.
Whales and Dolphins of the Gulf of Chiriqui
Cetaceans from the Gulf of Chiriqui have been monitoring for several years. We have focused on humpback whales because of the importance of the gulf to these whales as a breeding ground. We are hoping this monitoring data will serve to establish a MPA in Chiriqui that not only will protect the whales but other marine organisms within their habitat. Details about the humpback whale project here and for the dolphins of Chiriqui here.
Marine Mammal Stranding Network & Rescue program
Veterinarian Lissette Trejos is establishing with other Panamanian colleagues the Stranding Network of Marine Mammals of Panama and a rescue group for when whales or dolphins get trap in fishing nets.