Little is known about Namibia’s cetaceans and much of the data that exist of decades old. Our research focusses on gathering baseline population level data, including abundance, behavior and distribution of marine mammals and turtles to assess their conservation status.
Namibia is a land of contrasts. The oldest desert in the world lies against one of the most productive areas in the world’s oceans. Namibia has over 1500km of coastline, but the country’s marine resources tend to be overshadowed by the vast beauty of the desert and the wildlife of Etosha National Park. Namibia is one of the worlds least densely populated countries with some of the worlds richest mineral deposits (especially uranium and diamonds), however unemployment is high and much poverty remains creating many challenges for the country.
Conservation is a national priority and Namibia has some of the largest and most well known national parks in the region, but there are regular and increasing conflicts with the mining industry with its ability to create jobs and wealth. In the last few years, there have been major finds of hydrocarbons as marine phosphate gravels, both the exploration for and exploitation of these resources can have potentially large impacts on the marine environment and many levels. As a conservation organisation, we aim to generate accurate and current information on whales, dolphins and turtles that can be used to educate the public and industry, and play a role in mitigating human impacts on the environment.
To find out more about some of the projects we're currently working on, take a look at the links below. These include our work on coastal dolphins, as well as humpback whales, right whales and leatherback turtles.