In September 2017, MCC introduced The Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation Project, in collaboration with the Royal Government of Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration. The project's primary aim is to collect data on abundance, distribution and residency to delineate and protect critical habitats for the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin in Cambodia's Kep Archipelago.
|Total Land Surveys||298|
|Total Boat Surveys||162|
|Total Number of Individuals Identified||32|
|Total Number of Species Identified||2|
● observational land surveys using a Theodolite and Pythagoras software,
● observational boat surveys
● photo-identification techniques using Discovery software,
● acoustic monitoring using a real-time hydrophone and a passive acoustic monitoring device- C-POD and CPOD.exe software,
● social science techniques,
● data entry, processing and analysis,
● education and outreach,
● responding to marine mammal strandings,
● sharing findings with government groups, the scientific community and local people through producing peer- reviewed scientific articles, technical reports, meetings, conferences, workshops and social media
Do you want to be an intern?
Basic internship training schedule
Session 1: Introduction to MCC and The Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation Project.
Session 2: Research method training on observational land and boat surveying techniques.
Session 3: Marine mammal identification and behaviour training.
Session 4: Marine vessel identification training.
Session 5: Data sheet and data entry training.
Session 6: Drone footage analysis training.
Session 7: Research techniques theory test, followed by feedback and debrief.
Session 8: Theodolite and Pythagoras introduction and training.
You will also become involved in other project related activities, depending on your interest, skill set and length of stay.
We are looking for dedicated, motivated and hard-working interns, able to commit for a minimum internship period of one month. We are looking for those who will commit to early mornings and late nights, with a keen interest in marine mammals and their conservation. Ideally, we are looking for university students or recent graduates.
If you are interested in donating to our marine mammal conservation efforts, please visit The Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation Project Donation Page
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Tubbs, S.E., Keen, E., Jones, A.L. and Thap, R. (2020). On the distribution, behaviour and seasonal variation of Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) in the Kep Archipelago, Cambodia. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 68, pp.137-149.