Our organization is interested in · Networking with other local environmental non-profit organizations and government agencies to develop scientific and community based strategies to protect important marine ecosystems and promote sustainable eco-tourisms in those habitats. · Establish an evaluating system for local tour and fishing companies that increase responsibility and credibility of their activities in protecting marine resources.
Panacetacea and Autoridad de los Recursos Acuaticos de Panama (ARAP)
President in Panama Lic. Lissette Trejos Panacetacea coordinates with ARAP on establishing the first stranding and rescuing network in Panama. Hundreds of humpback whales travel to Panamanian waters every year to breed and give birth. Unfortunately many of them get caught in fishing nets. Because of this Panacetacea and other organizations supported the first whale rescue training course in the country.
Panacetacea and Universidad Maritima Internacional de Panama
One of Panacetacea visions is a future where Panama has a marine mammal scientific community that can develop high quality research projects and make inform decisions about the conservation and management of marine mammals and their habitats. In collaboration with Professor Jose Julio Casas, Panacetacea is training several young Panamanian scientists on the field marine mammalogy. We introduce them in standard field methods and statistical analysis needed in marine mammal studies. Last year four students had their first lesson on photo-identification and boat surveys.
Evelin writing down sighting data
Whitney learning how to take photographs of dolphins dorsal fins.
Panacetacea and communities: citizen science activities
Do you want to help us collecting ecological information about the marine mammals of Panama? We are asking tour operators and the public in general to join our citizen science program. All you have to do is everything to you go to the field take several copies of the data sheet below and right for each sighting the information indicated in the data sheet. If you are taking fotos of videos try to get a close up shot of the dorsal fin if you are looking at dolphins or the dorsal fin if you are looking at whales (see our guidelines for photography below).
hoja de Avistamientos/ SIGHTING data sheet
Photo-Identification Methods for whales and dolphins