SDRP Staff are off to Babitonga Bay, Brazil to tag endangered Franciscana dolphins in a tri-national conservation capacity-building effort.
Franciscana dolphins are only found in 3 countries, and this is the first attempt to tag them in Brazil.
They are known to be threatened by gillnets throughout their range, but little is known about their movements. Thus, the exact level of the threats in Brazil are unclear.
Satellite-linked radio tags will shed light on dolphin movements and activities in southern Brazil, and should help conservationists and policy makers develop plans for protection.
Brazilian researchers, some of whom trained with the SDRP over the past 2 years, will be assisted by Pablo Bordino and his AquaMarina team from Argentina.
We have worked with Pablo and his team in the SDRP and in Argentina since 2003. Part of the work has involved developing techniques for tagging and tracking Franciscana dolphins.
SDRP staff members Randy Wells, Brian Balmer, Jason Allen, Katie McHugh, Deb Fauquier and Aaron Barleycorn will be joined by long time volunteer James Thorson in Brazil.
The trip should last 2 weeks.