Global cooperation network
The sustained work over time, and the valuable results thus obtained, are possible due to the multi-institutional nature of this Project, which depends upon the cooperation and support of various institutions from Argentina, Brazil, Denmark and the United States.
“TrackingWhales” is possible via the collaborative effort of Laboratorio de Mamíferos Marinos del CESIMAR-CONICET, CIMAS-CONICET, Escuela de Ciencias Marinas (ESCiMar) de la Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Fundación Patagonia Natural, Instituto Aqualie, Instituto de Conservación de Ballenas, Marine Ecology and Telemetry Research and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States, the Southern Right Whale Health Monitoring Program, University of California Davis – Wildlife Health Center, and Wildlife Conservation Society Argentina. In the current season scientists from the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Marine Mammal Research of Aarhus University, and satellite transmitter manufacturers, Wildlife Computers.
The Project is funded by organizations from Argentina, Brazil and the United States, mostly for the technological development of the transmitters. Lessons learned from this study will be applicable to other whale populations in the world, particularly for those in endangered and in critical conservation status.
This Project is endorsed by the International Whaling Commission and the Argentina Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Permits are granted by the government of Chubut and Rio Negro provinces, with support from the Fauna and Flora Directory and Ministry of Tourism of Chubut and the Environment and Sustainable Development Secretariat of Rio Negro. The Project fieldwork and logistics are supported by the Coastguard of Puerto Pirámides and Puerto Madryn, the Whale Watching Captains Association and the Community of Puerto Pirámides, and the Asociación de Prestadores de Servicios Náuticos of the Municipality of San Antonio Oeste.