Other members of the MMR crew that contribute to the marine world.
Marine Mammal Research.com (MMR) area collective of researchers and volunteers who are passionate about the marine environment.
MMR’s objective is to conduct sound scientific research on marine mammals & to educate the public about these ‘charismatic megafauna’ & the environment in which they live.
Previous research has investigated the vocal & non-vocal behaviour of dolphins in Jervis Bay & the effects of recreational boats on these animals. The results from this study have contributed to the management of this population of dolphins & other inshore delphinids within areas of NSW.
Currently, our research involves a study on the temporal and spatial distribution and habitat use of the dolphins in Jervis Bay using advanced GIS techniques. We are also investigating the abundance of the dolphins using a photo ID – which will be compared to data collected over 10 years ago.
Other projects that we are pursuing are the distribution of humpback whales in Jervis Bay during their southern migration – for example, are they using specific habitats? We are also hoping to investigate the abundance of pinnipeds in haul out areas around the perimeter of the Jervis Bay Marine Park. And we are also interested in the marine biodiversity of the Sapphire Coast region of southern New South Wales, with a strong focus on cetaceans.
MMR’s also undertake regular research expeditions in southern NSW from the port of Eden and Jervis Bay that are open to the general public, to be able to educate people about marine mammal research and the environment in which they live.
Our aim for the future is to continue scientific research & educate the public through community presentations; with the intention of raising awareness for the conservation of marine mammals & the environment.