DOLPHINS & WHALES
In Peru and globally, the main threats to cetaceans include fisheries mortality and direct captures to use cetacean meat for human consumption or as bait. We are working directly with fishermen to find solutions to minimize these captures.
In Peru, the main threats to sea turtles are fisheries mortality (bycatch), and habitat degradation and pollution. ProDelphinus is working to better understand these threats, to find solutions, and to educate communities about the importance of sea turtles.
Many amazing seabirds like the waved albatross, Humboldt penguin and pink-footed shearwater can be found off Peru’s coast. ProDelphinus is working with partners to better understand the threats these and other seabird species face and to find possible solutions to fisheries bycatch.
The endangered marine otters is an elusive creatures that resides along the rocky shorelines of Peru and Chile. ProDelphinus is working to better understand their behavior and distribution and to raise awareness among local communities.
Little is known about the occurrence of river dolphins in non-reserve areas in Peru so ProDelphinus is studying Boto and Tucuxi river dolphins near the city of Pucallpa and raising awareness among local government officials and tour operators.
SHARKS AND RAYS
Population of sharks and rays have globally declined sharply in the last several decades. ProDelphinus works with small-scale net and longline fishermen to study Peru’s shark fisheries.
A lack of information on environmental issues by coastal and fishing communities in Peru has been identified as one of the main obstacles for conservation.
The Darwin Sustainable Artisanal Fisheries Initiative project works on many fronts to better understand the threats fisheries pose to many endangered species and works to solve them.
The ProDelphinus Radio Conservation Program is a novel new tool we use to communicate in real time with fishermen at sea to help reduce marine fauna bycatch.
Collaboration with BioAl SAC, for the development of Molecular Kits for identification, traceability and safety of hydrobiological resources of commercial importance and / or protected.