ABOUT US

Our Mission:

Our main aim is to drive social and cultural change towards safe and healthy habitat for our marine wildlife and benefit for all, through research, information and education.

We stand for science and people. By researching our cetacean populations, we can help people to gain better understanding and value the importance of our waters, which will ensure the conservation of these pristine habitats for future generations.

Our Vision:

We believe that combination of our passionate team consisting of scientists, data experts, researchers, campaigners, interns and volunteers will help to create sustainable future for our seas, where the marine life is safe and people thrive. We are looking to work with local community as well as internationally.

 

Who we are:

We work to identify critical habitats for cetaceans, as well as the threats they are facing in our waters and beyond. We use both platforms of opportunity and opportunistic surveys. Thorough the years of our research program we have gathered thousands of data and pictures, which need to be further analysed. This valuable information will give us better understanding of cetaceans and improve their conservation, which we believe will inspire and educate not only our local community, but also communities worldwide.

With collaboration with universities, government, national/international environmental organizations and general public we strive to create a safer place for our marine wildlife. 

Looking back: What we already achieved:

  • Collected over 3,000 researcher hours of field research on cetacean populations in the Bay of Gibraltar. This was gained through limited monitoring from aboard dolphin watching vessels. It enabled us to better understand the local and migratory cetacean species

  • The data and information gathered supported the field work of two PhD and one Honours student from University of Seville (Spain), Cadiz (Spain) and The Open University (England)

  • Performed multiple surveys for the Department of Environment and Climate Change

  • Produced annual report on status of cetacean population in British Gibraltar

    Territorial Waters for the Department of Environment and Climate Change

  • Responded to numerous strandings of cetaceans and provided necropsies for the

    Department of Environment and Climate Change

  • Work in close collaboration with Department of the Environment and Climate

    Change on monitoring and identifying threats that cetaceans are facing in our

    waters

  • Provided talks to relevant authorities about identification of species, data collection,

    dolphin behaviour, strandings

  • More than 1,800 adults (800 MSc. Postgraduate; 10 PhD. Students; general public

    1,000) and 2,000 children participated in our education talks

  • Conducted cetacean rescue trainings for adults and children

  • Trained skippers and guides from responsible dolphin watching operator

  • Build partnerships (Balearia – for cetacean surveys in the Bay and Strait of Gibraltar)

  • Published scientific work worldwide

  • Invested into research equipment and courses

  • Created our on-going population study through Photo ID

  • Created our own costumed designed Access database for collection and analysing

    data; and methodology

  • Gained knowledge of statistical analysis and modelling

  • Obtained a laptop and cameras for on-board dolphin watching tour operator to

    maximise the possibility for cetacean research

  • Participated in events and fairs (World environment day, Ocean day)

  • Attended numerous marine and environment conferences

  • Precipitated in community meetings, media outreach, to encourage positive

    cetacean – human interaction

  • Working towards sustainable dolphin watching tourism by introducing guidelines

and assembling education materials with information to tourists, guides and other stakeholders