[MARMAM] MEER practical course in cetacean research on La Gomera/Canary Islands

Fabian Ritter; MEER e.V. ritter at m-e-e-r.de
Fri Dec 14 06:56:59 PST 2018

Dear Fellow Marmamers!

The non-profit association M.E.E.R. announces it's next field course in behavioural
biology in the Canary Islands:

"Field research of the project M.E.E.R. La Gomera" from 30 March - 13 April 2019

The project M.E.E.R. La Gomera is conducting a study on the interactions between cetaceans
and whale watching boats since many years. The participants of these 2-weeks practical courses will
get an insight into the behavioural research conducted from whale watching boats operating off the
island of La Gomera. In this area, 23 cetaceans species could be identified during the last years,
representing one of the highest known species diversities in the world. A link to the list of
publications that resulted from this project is given below.

The course includes a full training program: theory and practice of behavioural research will be
learned and profound background information on whale watching will be given. Research experience
that will be gained includes sighting data recording, behavioural sampling, photo identification,
data handling and more.

Moreover, the research is embedded in conservation efforts aiming at the preservation and
promotion of whale watching as a sustainable use of cetaceans and the establishment of an
ecosystem-based marine sanctuary in the waters off La Gomera. M.E.E.R. La Gomera was
honoured in 2001 with the international environmental award "Tourismus und Umwelt" by the
German Association of Travel Agencies and Travel Operators (DRV). As was said during the
bestowal, the project "realises new ways of co-operation of research and tourism in an
exemplary and innovative way".

For further information (including downloads of a detailed brochure and a booking form) please visit

The price is 999.- Euro (949,- reduced; 1049.- solidary) including 7 whale watching
research excursions, accommodation, full training program, scientific supervision,
donation to M.E.E.R. e.V., written working material, certificate of attendance and one
year M.E.E.R. e.V. membership. The journey to and from La Gomera is not included in the price.

For further information, booking, or any questions please send an e-mail to
info at m-e-e-r.de

Please find a list and downloads of publications in conjunction with the work of
the project M.E.E.R. La Gomera here:



Best greetings,

Fabian Ritter

M.E.E.R. e.V.
Bundesallee 123, 12161 Berlin
info at m-e-e-r.de, +49-30-644 97 230


The non-profit association M.E.E.R. is registred and based in Berlin. The
objectives of the association are conservation, research and education in order
to protect cetaceans in their natural habitats. Our work aims at increasing the
public awareness for the oceans and to present ways how humans can deal with
nature in a responsible way. Our co-operation partners are the "Gesellschaft zur
Rettung der Delphine" (Munich/Germany), and "Oceano La Gomera" (whale watching
operator/La Gomera).

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