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Population status of small cetaceans off Aragua, Central Coast of Venezuela 2009
Citation
Bolaños-Jiménez, J. and A. Villarroel-Marín. 2009. Population status of dolphin populations off the State of Aragua, Central Coast of Venezuela, Fall 2009. Final report, project RSG 08.07.07 funded by the Rufford Foundation, unpublished

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Description
Photo-identification data to evaluate the population status of dolphins inhabiting the coast off the State of Aragua, Venezuela. more

Since 2001, the non governmental organization Sea Vida has been promoting responsible dolphin watching in the State of Aragua, on the basis of previous research efforts by the Venezuelan Ministry of Environment and Sea Vida. Attempts have been made to gather baseline information on the bio-ecological and population aspects of cetaceans in the region. Opportunistic and systematic surveys have confirmed the presence of the Atlantic spotted (Stenella frontalis) and bottlenose (Tursiops truncatus) dolphins. Encounter rate with dolphin groups is about 70%. Preliminary results indicate that at least a proportion of the population is resident to the area, with recaptures ranging from a few days to at least 12 years. This project is aimed to evaluate the population status of dolphins inhabiting the coast off the State of Aragua using photo-identification techniques, as part of the efforts to promote responsible dolphin watching in the region. Similar surveys will be made during 2009 to cover different sampling seasons.

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Mammals
Keywords:
Marine, ASW, Caribbean, Delphinidae, Stenella Gray, 1866, Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 1821)

Geographical coverage
ASW, Caribbean [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
22 January 2009 - 3 March 2009

Taxonomic coverage
Delphinidae Gray, 1821 [WoRMS]
Stenella Gray, 1866 [WoRMS]
Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 1821) [WoRMS]

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Dataset information:

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research
Metadatarecord created: 2012-11-28
Information last updated: 2012-11-28
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