Assessment of movement patterns and critical habitat for coastal and continental shelf small cetaceans in the Gulf of Mexico using newly developed remote satellite tagging techniques


Project Overview

Implementing Organization
National Marine Mammal Foundation

DWH Project Funding

0

Known Leveraged Funding

0

Funding Organization

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Funding Program

The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 4: NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program

Project Location: Florida

Funding Source: Transocean
Controlling Document: The RESTORE Act
Year Awarded: 2017

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Monitoring and Observations

Targeted Resources

Marine Mammals

Project Description

In order to conserve and restore small cetacean populations, including dolphins, it is important to know how different species are moving between habitats. It can be difficult to gather this information, but one way is by attaching a tag to the animal that can relay information about the animal’s location and movement using satellites back to researchers. This project will develop a new and innovative approach for attaching satellite tags to small cetaceans without having to capture them. Being able to remotely attach satellite tags to dolphins will save the animals and the researchers the risks that come with capturing, restraining, and handling of the animals required to attach the current generation of satellite tags. The researchers will deploy their newly developed tags on free-swimming dolphins in the coastal and continental shelf waters further offshore in the Gulf of Mexico to collect information on the movement, behavior, and habitat use of Atlantic spotted dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. The information they collect will show how these species move between and use different habitats which is critical information for developing effective management and restoration strategies.

Project Partners

NOAA

Affiliated Institutions

University of North Carolina Wilmington


Project ID: 630
Project Name: Assessment of movement patterns and critical habitat for coastal and continental shelf small cetaceans in the Gulf of Mexico using newly developed remote satellite tagging techniques
SourceUID: 0
Latitude: 32.71951224
Longitude: -117.2210121
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Florida
County: Leon
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Monitoring and Observations
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Targeted Resource(s): Marine Mammals
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Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2020
Implementing Organization: National Marine Mammal Foundation
Implementing Organization Type: Non-Governmental Organization
Point of Contact – Name: Brian Balmer
Point of Contact – Phone: brian.balmer@nmmpfoundation.org
Point of Contact – Email: None
Other Partners: NOAA
Affiliated Institutions: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Link: https://restoreactscienceprogram.noaa.gov/funded-projects/dolphin-tags
Project Comments: None
Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 0
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 407128
DWH Funder: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
DWH Funder Type: Federal
DWH Funding Program: The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 4: NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program
DWH Dollar Amount : 407128
DWH Source: Transocean
Fund Origin: Civil Settlement
Controlling Documents: The RESTORE Act
Award Year: 2017
Award Month: 6
Total Amount Leveraged: 0