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Cetacean Research

Zoologist Conducting Surveys for Cetacean ProjectThe Cetacean Monitoring Project (CMP) is an initiative of the Zoological Society of Trinidad & Tobago (ZSTT)/Manatee Conservation Trust (MCT) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). and falls under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on 25th November 2008.

This project commenced in May 2008 following IFAW’s Song of the Whale Caribbean team project conducted in Trinidad and Tobago three (3) years ago, between 24th January and the 12th March 2006. It involved surveys for cetaceans and a number of outreach activities. This report summarizes the first two steps taken under the wider objectives of the CMP outlined in the “Grant Proposal to IFAW from Manatee Conservation Trust and the Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago”, dated 14th April, 2008. It also follows the “Interim Report on Non-invasive cetacean research and monitoring and outreach activities in Trinidad and Tobago”, dated 29th December, 2008.  

The steps taken in this, the initial phase were:
  1. to ascertain the presence of cetaceans in the coastal waters of Trinidad & Tobago through non-invasive research methods
  2. to develop a network of fisher folk who will continue to assist in monitoring cetacean activity in local waters

To read more, see “Report on Non-invasive cetacean research and monitoring and outreach activities in Trinidad and Tobago -The Cetacean Monitoring Project (CMP)” (An IFAW Supported Project).
 

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