The project will focus on the Mayumba National Park in Gabon and the Conkouati-Douli National Park in Congo.
Activities aim to eliminate captures of Atlantic Humpback Dolphins and eventually assure the long-term viability and health of these coastal dolphins. The project team will implement three complementary strategies:
To increase community awareness of the species' rarity and cultivate a sense of natural resource ownership, the conservation team will conduct targeted outreach and advocacy actions towards both local communities and management authorities.
For more direct protection of the species, the team will work with local fishing communities and authorities to create inshore fisheries exclusion zones.
Finally, the project will also help fund patrols in the coastal waters of Congo in order to eradicate illegal fishing by trawlers.
To make these solutions sustainable, the project team is engaging multiple stakeholders in the project implementation and outreach activities, including artisanal fishers, local NGOs, school children and management authorities. Such a multifaceted, collaborative approach is indeed more likely to have immediate and lasting positive impacts on the species.