SCIENCE


The Nicaragua Cetacean Conservation Project aims to generate a database of all dolphin and whale species found along the Pacific Ocean of Nicaragua. We have two study sites along the Pacific Ocean. The Padre Ramos Nature Reserve in Chinandega Province and the Surf Village in San Juan Del Sur in Rivas Province.


WHY IS THIS PROJECT SPECIAL ?

Pioneering research and conservation project for cetaceans in Nicaragua

First publications on Nicaraguan marine fauna in scientific journals

Discovery of the presence of a second population of humpback whales

Discovery of feeding behavior of humpback whales in the breeding zone

OBJECTIVES

  • Identify cetacean species (dolphins and whales) in Nicaragua
  • Determine the current status of different populations of dolphins and whales
  • Determine the distribution and use of habitat for each population
  • Identify critical and sensitive areas for each species of dolphin and whale

ACTIONS & EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Monitoring of different species of cetaceans
  • Participatory scientific creation with fishermen and tour operators
  • Evaluate the status of different cetacean populations.
  • Define critical areas for cetacean populations.
  • Identify possible conservation problems.
  • Scientific publications in international newspapers.
  • Implementation of management measures
  • Improve knowledge of cetaceans in Central America.

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