Whale Alert is the first mobile application of its kind that drastically decreases the complexity of complying with environmental regulations for a particular species (in this case, Right whales).
To learn more about the project, visit Whale Alert.org
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Manatee Alert helps Florida boaters have a much easier time of observing speed restriction zones designed to protect this endangered species.
To learn more about Manatees habitats and protection measures, visit SavetheManatee.org
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SharkNet, a collaboration with Stanford University and TOPP Shark Institute, was a ground breaking application designed to increase visibility for important conservation science. SharkNet displays the near real-time positions of a large number of great white sharks in a region known as the “Blue Serengeti” for its vast, abundant array of marine life.
To learn more about Stanford University’s TOPP Institute please visit: Hopkins Marine Station
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Tidal Energy / Bay of Fundy
Tidal Energy is teaming up with scientists to better understand the potential impact of tidal turbine power generators on local marine life, including whales and other marine mammals.
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
The Channel Islands Naturalist Corps (CINC) are a group of specially trained volunteers dedicated, in part, to conduct citizen science, including the collection of valuable research on marine mammals and other important sanctuary and park resources. They make heavy use of Spotter to conduct effort-based data collection campaign and have produced one of the largest data sets to date on whale “visit” patterns in the waters surrounding the Channel Islands.
To learn more about The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and its conservation programs, please visit: Channels Islands National Marine Sanctuary.
Vancouver / British Columbia Sighting Network
The Vancouver Aquarium’s BC Cetacean Sightings Network (in British Columbia, Canada) is a citizen science project that uses a network of observers to report their opportunistic sightings of cetaceans and sea turtles. The network works a considerable amount on threat mitigation for these animals as well and have been using Spotter as their primary platform for data collection and management.
To learn more about the BD Cetacean Sighings Network, please visit: WildWhale.org
One Iceland’s oldest and most prominent whale researcher and tour operators, Elding is using Spotter and Whale Alert to inventory the full spectrum of marine mammals in the region. Specifically, Edling researchers and trained volunteers focus on determining naturally marked common minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and white-beaked dolphin (Lagenorhynchus albirostris) populations in the coastal waters of Faxaflói Bay and Skjálfandi Bays, Iceland, using mark-recapture techniques and biological sampling
To learn more about Elding Research, please visit: Elding Adventure at Sea
CaribWhale / OAS
As part of the CaribWhale research project, volunteers have been utilizing the combination of Spotter and Whale Alert to gather data about migrating right whales in the greater Caribbean region. The data is collected year around with predictable spikes in observations during the migrating seasons and it is hoped that researchers will better understand the right whale migration and calving patterns in the region.
Large Marine Vertebrates Project (LAMAVE)
LAMAVE is utilizing Spotter to help define prospective boundaries for new marine sanctuaries in the greater Philippine region. Working with regional eco-tourist operators, the team is collecting data on a wide range of marine mammals to better understand where sanctuaries make the most sense. LAMAVE is making particularly heavy use of the alert zone facilities (geo fences) to help guide data collection as well as to educate other stakeholders about the regional “Do’s and Don’ts”.
To learn more about LAMAVE, please visit: LAMAVE.ORG