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We work with campaign
media, inform decision-makers, develop and advocate solutions,
gather data to publish impartial data, and champion the conservation
of the marine environment and sustainable livelihoods.
What we’ve accomplished...
Trained for production of broadcast media to promote and
facilitate ocean protection
Obtained HD video cameras and underwater housing, upgraded onboard DLSR's and lens.
Became a Field Station for REEF
surveys Performed multiple surveys of fish populations and coral
reef transects to determine health of the dolphins' habitat
Custom-designed an Access database to enter and process
Redesigned and improved our internship program and training
Instituted an onboard naturalist program with Wild Side Specialty
Tours (marine-mammal focused charters)
Obtained a laptop for onboard dolphin
research and education
Gained hundreds of hours of continuing onboard and shore
data, and photo ids.
All photos of target species are now submitted to Cascadia Research Collective for photo identification and cataloging by the dedicated and talented Sabre! These are in turn used for abundance and distribution, and other coservation efforts.
Successfully participated in the design of House
Bill 416 to prohibit new tour operations on our
coastline until studies are done to determine carrying capacity
and House Bill 2682 RELATING TO COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES ON OCEAN WATERS.
Gathered 3,567 signatures in a petition to NOAA concerning Hawaiian spinner dolphin regulations.
Participated in Ocean Events and Fairs
Hosted a week long teen dolphin research camp
Hosted beach clean-ups
Partictpated in community and agency meetings, and media outreach, to encourage regulation of the dolphin - human interaction tour industry
Attended numerous marine and environment conferences
Became member of Ka Wai Ola o Waianae
Colloborated with the local community on methods to protect nearshore resources and working for sustainable dolphin tourism in the area by introducing guidelines and assembling educational materials with information to tourists, guides and other stakeholders.
- Baird, R.W., S.D. Mahaffy, A.M. Gorgone, T. Cullins, D.J. McSweeney, E.M. Oleson, A.L. Bradford, J. Barlow and D.L. Webster. 2014. False killer whales and fisheries interactions in Hawaiian waters: evidence for sex bias and variation among populations and social groups. Marine Mammal Science doi: 10.1111/mms.12177. Download PDF copy