The project will build a national Plan of the Whale and Dolphin Uruguayan Sanctuary, identifying the most critical areas for mitigate and avoid impacts on the endangered cetaceans (Eubalaena sp; Pontoporia sp; Orca sp; Tursiops sp.), which are threatened and die by direct, indirect and synergistic activities registered since 2006 : ship-strikes, chemical pollutants, marine debris, noise pollution and seismic exploration for hydrocarbon and gas.
The waters of the Rio de la Plata and the Atlantic Ocean included in the sanctuary are part of the mega Uruguay-Paran waterway and route to the ports of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, with a traffic of large ships estimated in more than 5200 ships of ran Per year .
The project aim to generate the knowledge of ecological cetaceans aspects and support conservation strategies to define critical protected areas. Methods will be included aerial and marine surveys (species identification and quantification), passive acoustic recording, photo-ID to monitoring species. And to target priority actions together Naval Army, authorities and local communities, especially considering the increased traffic noise, pollution, collisions in coastal areas due to human activities.
Reinforce and generate scientific information on bio-acoustic, photo-ID, distribution key coastal cetacean focus species
Continue developing a community-based management preliminary plan for Uruguays whales and dolphins sanctuary.
Identify the key critical coastal areas for implement conservation actions