1997 - 2020
One of the primary objectives of our team during the founding years was to develop longterm monitoring projects in an area though our research and conservation arm DolphinCareAfrica. As a citizen scientists Angie relied on the support of researches both locally and abroad to help in developing the different projects. Over the years DERC has presented at conferences and given presentations on responsible marine mammal tourism and the local Dolphins of Ponta. We have worked with and array of researches, students and interns from both Mozambique and abroad which has resulted in a number of publications.
Data collection began under the supervision of Dr Vic Cockroft (The Centre of Dolphin Studies SA), Dr Almeida Guissamulo (The Natural History Museum of University Eduardo Mondlane) & Dr Vic Peddemors (Natal Sharks Board). A set of standard operating procedures were developed that included the implementation of the dolphincare code of conduct, photo ID project and data collection.
We have worked closely with various governmental institutions in Mozambique to shed light on marine mammal tourism and the implications of such activities in the area.
In 2010 Mozambican Diana Rocha joined DolphinCareAfrica as lead biologist and is undertaking her PhD while now teaching in Portugal.
Volunteer and interns can expect to get involved in the below projects.