Once we know where they are and where they travel, we can protect our taonga from extinction. We won’t stand by as the world's rarest dolphin population drops below 63.
The biggest threats are location related. By identifying individual dolphins, knowing where they are and when they are there, we can help protect them from falling victim to fishing, predators, climate change, toxoplasmosis and other mishaps. It will help tremendously to halt the decline towards extinction.
By automating the surveying process, regular location data of critically endangered marine animals can finally be captured.
Commercial fishing is the largest anthropogenic threat to the dolphins, but also an economically important industry to New Zealand. Restricted zones and sanctuaries are in place, but without continuous monitoring they are hard to manage, and the sanctuaries can’t be extended appropriately.
Our up to date data will allow policy makers to accurately update the restricted zones, ensuring fishing boats are nowhere near the dolphins!
We want to be able to tell exactly which dolphin has been where and when! This data is extremely useful for research into declining populations and deaths.
Once we have collected a significant amount of data , we plan to implement predictive models and further utilise machine learning to predict location behaviour among other data between flights, resulting in a reduced flight time and overall cost. All this amazing data will be collated and made publicly available to researchers, policy makers and industry.