[MARMAM] New paper on stakeholder collaboration for cetacean surveys in Central Africa

Gianna Minton gianna.minton at gmail.com
Mon Jan 15 01:56:48 PST 2018

Dear all.

We are pleased to share our new paper entitled: *Multi-stakeholder
collaboration yields valuable data for cetacean conservation in Gamba,
Gabon <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2989/1814232X.2017.1398106>.  *We
hope that this can serve as an inspiration for others working in remote or
developing regions where resources for marine mammal research are limited,
and combining the forces of private, NGO and government sectors can yield
valuable information for conservation and management.

*Full citation*: Minton G, Kema Kema JR, Todd A, Korte L, Maganga PB,
Migoungui Mouelet JR, Nguema AM, Moussavou E, Nguélé GK. 2017.
Multi-stakeholder collaboration yields valuable data for cetacean
conservation in Gamba, Gabon. *African Journal of Marine Science*, 39:

*Abstract: *Private industry, the Government of Gabon and two international
NGOs collaborated to conduct marine surveys off the coast of Gabon, Central
Africa. Surveys addressed multiple objectives of surveillance and
monitoring, the documentation of the distribution of and threats to the
marine megafauna, and capacity-building among government agents and local
early-career scientists. During 22 days of survey effort over a two-year
period, observers documented humpback whales *Megaptera novaeangliae*,
bottlenose dolphins *Tursiops truncatus*, Atlantic humpback dolphins *Sousa
teuszii* and common dolphins *Delphinus delphis*. Humpback whale presence
was limited to the months of July to November. Bottlenose dolphins were
present year-round and photo-identification of individuals indicated a
closed, resident population, with an abundance estimate of 118 (CV = 21.6%,
95% CI 78–180). Small open-decked fishing vessels with gillnets were
observed concentrated around river mouths within 2 km of shore, while
commercial trawlers were at least 10 km offshore; all were confirmed to be
registered and legal. Observations of marine turtles, flocks of marine
birds, and floating logs and other debris were sparse. This
multi-stakeholder collaboration to conduct a marine survey can serve as an
effective model by which funding and logistic support from private industry
paired with technical expertise from NGOs and academic institutions can
benefit marine and coastal conservation.

The paper can be accessed online:

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or if you are unable to
access the full text of the paper.

Gianna Minton
Megaptera Marine Conservation
Mobile  +31 (0) 638325055
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