Humpback and Beaked Whales Conservation

Revillagigedos Islands, Mexico

Our Senior Bioacoustician,  Jeff Jacobsen (JJ) first conducted research in the Revillagigedo Islands in 1987, and continued this effort for almost 20 years.  JJ took a 10 year hiatus from this challenging research project to focus on other activities, including his work with Bio-Waves.  Marine mammal research efforts on the islands has been sporadic since 2006, but after the recent UNESCO designation as a biosphere reserve, there has been renewed interest in ramping up research efforts again.  Recently, the Revillagigedo Island Archipielago have been afforded protected status with restrictions on certain human activities and developments decreed by the president of Mexico.  JJ is now gearing up to resume research efforts on these remote islands, and we intend to support him in this challenging effort.  In the past, graduate students and researchers from Mexico (UABCS, UNAM) and the U.S. (Humboldt State University, Cornell University and the University of Michigan) participated in the research, collecting data and samples for studies in acoustics, genetics, population structure, and behavior of humpback whales.  Jeff is planning to return next year to continue his research on humpback whales and other species such as beaked whales, and he again plans to involve Mexican and U.S. students to assist.  Bio-Waves intends  to provide support in the form of low-cost technologies such as  microMARS, the recently developed SonarPoint localization-capable autonomous recorder systems, as well as a new autonomous towed array system that we are developing.