Ecuador Research

Off the Ecuadorian mainland, humpback whales are found in the marine area of Machalilla National Park from June to October. Over recent years a small whale watching industry has developed in the fishing village of Puerto Lopez.

Pacific Whale Foundation's Ecuador research projects examine the distribution and abundance of humpback whales found off the coast of Puerto Lopez, Manabi, Ecuador, and the interactions of small cetaceans with artisinal fisheries operating in Machalilla National Park. To learn more, please click on the research project titles below.

Population, Distribution and Abundance of Humpback Whales and other Cetaceans in Machalilla National Park

  • Identify and monitor the population of humpback whales in the National Park Machalilla
  • Analyze, classify and compare new photographs of humpback previous years.
  • Compare the Ecuadorian catalog with other catalogs in Latin America, Antarctica and the Pacific.
  • Promote the development of knowledge, attitudes and abilities related to the conservation of the environment and improve the quality of life of the local communities along the Ecuadorian coast.
  • Publish our results at all levels local, scientific and media.

Photo-Interaction of Small Cetaceans with Artisanal Fisheries in Machalilla National Park

  • Understand the current status of conservation of small cetaceans in the National Park Machalilla.
  • Seek alternatives for the conservation of small cetaceans and for fishermen.

Migratory Interchange of Humpback Whales between
Ecuador and feeding and breeding areas in South America

  • Expand PWF’s research and whalewatch expertise from southern Ecuador to northern Peru.
  • Standardize research methodologies between Peru and Ecuador, and develop  collaborative research efforts
  • Train guides, observers and researchers in cetacean photo-identification and data collection.

Interview with Cristina Castro, Director of PWF's Ecuador Research

If the movie above has trouble loading, follow this link to view the video from Ama La Vida TV in Ecuador showing an interview with Cristina Castro, Director of Pacific Whale Foundation's Ecuador Research Project.