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Multi-national Collaboration and Conservation of Humpback Whales with the Caribbean Humpback Acoustic Monitoring Programme (CHAMP)

December 1, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dr. Heather Heenehan
University of New England

In September 2016, the West Indies distinct population segment (DPS) of humpback whales  (Megaptera  novaeangliae)  was  delisted  under  the  US  Endangered  Species  Act. In response to these changes in humpback status and evidence supporting more than one breeding population in the West Indies, the Caribbean Humpback Acoustic Monitoring  Programme  (CHAMP)  was  formed.  CHAMP  leverages  and  expands  networks already established in the Caribbean to promote and enhance collaborative  work  on  the  biology  of  humpback  whales  and  establish  a  robust  monitoring program, focusing first on passive acoustic monitoring. With the significant  contributions  of  a  large  network  of  partners  and  collaborators,  nine  passive acoustic recording devices were deployed between December 2016 and June 2017. By placing passive acoustic recorders throughout the Caribbean, we are able to monitor humpback whale distribution, assess seasonal differences in arrival and departure of the whales, and quantify the soundscape of these islands.

Polycom availability with Darling Marine Center, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and Bigelow Laboratories

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December 1, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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