OBSenMER is a collaborative platform for reporting all types of observations at sea: marine mammals, sea turtles, human activities, pollution ... It is aimed at the general public as well as professionals and therefore enables the gathering of data from participatory science or from expert protocols.
OBSenMER covers the Mediterranean Sea, the Channel, the Atlantic, French Guiana and the French West Indies, and soon the Indian Ocean and French Polynesia.
Which species frequent the waters of the Sanctuary and when? What are the resting, breeding or feeding grounds of the marine mammals?"
The OBSenMer tool contributes to providing answers to these questions and thus to better understanding the conservation issues of cetaceans living or travelling through the Caribbean. In order to do so, it is first necessary to carry out observations to be able to analyse them.
This is why the Agoa Sanctuary team has proposed that commercial whale-watching operators should get involved in this network. Indeed, they observe marine mammals at sea every day and gather a lot of data.
The Agoa Sanctuary has created a specific, private programme for these volunteer commercial operators to report their observations. This enables easier compilation of data and also protects the work of these professionals. Indeed, the data are only accessible to contributors to the programme and only when they decide to publish them. They can then enter, amongst other information, the species observed, number and behaviour of individuals, location, presence or absence of young individuals, weather conditions, etc.
A training session on the tool is offered to them during which we provide them with a configured tablet computer. This allows them to record their observations directly at sea. A contributors’ WhatsApp group has been created so that they can benefit from the technical support of the Sanctuary agents.
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