Progress Report on Passive Acoustic Monitoring of the Eastern South Pacific Southern Right Whale, a Key to Improve Conservation Management Plan Outputs: May 2017-April 2018
Barbara Galletti Vernazzani, Naysa Balcazar-Cabrera, Susannah Buchan, Robert L. Brownell Jr., Danielle Cholewiak, Elisa Goya, Sue Moore
International Whaling Commission
Little is known about the Critically Endangered Eastern South Pacific southern right whale. In 2012, the IWC adopted a Conservation Management Plan for this population and in 2016 the Scientific Committee supported a Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) project to facilitate the identification of potential breeding areas along the coast of Chile and Peru. Advances of the PAM project made from May 2017 to April 2018 include selection of deployment sites; selection and acquisition of acoustic devices; building of mooring and other equipment; logistical planning for first location site; permits requirements; education and capacity building planning.