Once we know where they are and where they travel, we can protect our tanoga from extinction. We wont’t stand by as the worl’d rarest dolphin populationdrops below 63.
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 the minute data will allow policy makers to accurately update the restricted zones, ensuring fishing boats are nowhere near the dolphins!
What this means is that in the very near future we want to uniquely identify dolphins, based on their fins,
and distinguish calves from adults.
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 & overall cost. All this amazing data will be collated and made publicly available to researchers, policy makers and industry.