Cambodian Marine Mammal Project

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The Irrawaddy dolphin
Irrawaddy dolphins are distributed in rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal water throughout Southeast Asia. They are considered 'Endangered' on the IUCN's list of threatened species (IUCN, 2017), primarily due to their declining and fragmented populations.   In Kep, the species plays an essential role in maintaining balanced and healthy ecosystems, in a region heavily impacted by Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. However, exposure to such fishing activities is having detrimental effects on population health, due to bycatch, habitat destruction and prey depletion. 

'The Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation Project' was established in September 2017 by Non-Governmental Organisation Marine Conservation Cambodia, to support the conservation of this endangered species. Specifically, the project is currently working in collaboration with the Cambodian Fisheries Administration, to collect robust scientific data that can be used to design tailored conservation strategies for the species. 

Our research methods: 
-Land and boat surveys for behaviour observation study;
-Photo-identification techniques;
-Passive Acoustic Monitoring;
-Aerial surveys. 
-social science.

Aside from collecting scientific data, our team is working to educate local fishers and community members, as well as national Fisheries Administration Officers, in marine mammals and their importance within the ecosystem. 

       Our project is always in need of financial help, to keep our research activities going.  Any a donation, big or small, is always greatly appreciated. 

                                                      SPONSOR A DOLPHIN! 

Basic Sponsorship

If you would like to opt for the Basic Sponsorship, you will  receive the following: 

- 1x Cambodian Marine Marine Mammal Conservation Project T-shirt.
- Monthly updates on your dolphin for a 1 year period.
- Monthly project updates for a 1 year period.
- Copies of all project reports and publications as they come out, for the duration of the project. 

Donation required:  $100 

Premium Sponsorship

If you would like to opt for the Premium Sponsorship, you will be able to name an unnamed dolphin, with a name of your choice. In addition, you will receive the following:

- 2x Cambodian Marine Marine Mammal Conservation Project T-shirts.
- Monthly updates on your dolphin for the duration of the project.
- Monthly project updates for the duration of the project. 
- Copies of all project reports and publications as they come out, for the duration of the project. 

Donation required:  $250 

    If you would like to know more about us, please check out our website and Facebook page, or email     cambodiadolphinproject@gmail.com 

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Today the sea was beautiful, so we headed out to build our photo-ID catalog. This week we are finally going to try and match our individuals with ones identified in Vietnam, to see if the population crosses the Cambodian-Vietnamese border!
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Some beautiful shots from this morning's Irrawaddy dolphin survey. We are lucky enough to see these Endangered guys every week now!
Tail fluke, Kep Archipelago, Cambodia
A pair of Irrawaddies, Kep Archipelago
3 Irrawaddy dolphins, pre-breaching
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Some snaps of our beautiful Irrawaddy dolphins from yesterday's boat survey. 25 dolphins, the most we've seen since starting research in September! So far we have seen these dolphins in the Kep Archipelago in Autumn and Winter, and we want to work out if they are here all year. If you have a spare few pennies to support the continuation of our research and the conservation of this magnificent yet endangered species, it would be absolutely wonderful and greatly appreciated.
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We have published our first News article! A few clicks away you can download the December Edition PDF and read the article on page 140. Follow this link: https://www.fauna-flora.org/publications/cambodian-journal-natural-history
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