Tahiti Project

Visual and Acoustic Cetacean Survey of Remote Pacific Islands

Goal: Conduct the first ever systematic survey of marine mammals in and around French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, the Phoenix Protected Islands, Tokelau, and Samoa.

Time Period: November 2015

Our Role: To provide acoustic equipment, support and expertise to conduct acoustic surveys from the R/V Silver Discoverer.

Synopsis:
Bio-Waves employee Cory Ann Hom-Weaver was contracted out by Conservation International (CI) to provide acoustic support and expertise on the first ever systematic survey of marine mammals in and around French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, the Phoenix Protected Islands, Tokelau, and Samoa (Visual and Acoustic Cetacean Survey of the Remote Pacific Islands). Using the R/V Silver Discoverer (operated by Silversea Expeditions) as an opportunistic platform for research, passive acoustic monitoring was implemented to supplement visual observations (conducted by CI’s Olive Andrews) by using a towed hydrophone array and acoustic recording system to detect, record, and classify vocalizing marine mammals in the survey area. This data will provide local governments as well as CI with knowledge that can be used for future conservation efforts and future research.

Collaborators/Partners: Conservation International, Silversea Expeditions

Sponsors: Conservation International

 

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