Interaction of Small Cetaceans with Artisanal Fisheries in Machalilla National Park

Project Name:
Interaction of Small Cetaceans with Artisanal Fisheries in Machalilla National Park

Project Dates:

Project Site(s):
Machalilla National Park (Puerto López, Salango, Machalilla)

Project Aims:

  • 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.

Project Justification:
The interaction of cetaceans with artisanal fisheries is recognized as one of the main marine conservation issues affecting their populations worldwide.

Project Methodology: 
For seven months, twelve observers accompanied the fishermen in their fishing operations. In each research trip was recorded fishing operation and for nets to find dolphins in morphometric data were taken, position, number of animals, among others.

Project Permits (if any):
MINISTERIO DE AMBIENTE – Parque Nacional Machalilla
– Permiso No. 002 - RM - DPM - MA

Centro de investigación de ballenas, Machalilla National Park, Tourism Ministry of Ecuador, Universidad Central del Ecuador, Colegio Provincia de Manabí, Environmental Ministry,  Asociación de Pescadores Artesanales (ASOPESCAR), DIGEIM, este proyecto fue financiado por la Comisión Permanente del Pacífico Sur.

Management Outcomes:
This study allowed us to have extended the fishing area of the artisanal fleet ocean species reaching impact and has increased the rates of cetacean bycatch.

Castro y Rosero. 2010. SMALL CETACEAN INTERACTION WITH FISHING GEAR IN MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK – ECUADOR. Working paper SC/62/BC3 presented to the International Whaling Commission, Agadir / Marruecos.

Castro, C. y P. Rosero. 2010. Reducción de la interacción de las artes de pesca sobre los cetáceos menores en el área marina del Parque Nacional Machalilla, Ecuador. Reporte a la Comisión Permanente del Pacífico Sur. Quito.

View video from Ama La Vida TV in Ecuador showing an interview with Cristina Castro, Director of Pacific Whale Foundation's Ecuador Research Project.