TRAINING is a requirement for participation in surveys. Training work-shops consist of a one-hour dolphin proram to learn about the estuarine Bottlenose dolphins and a one-hour training program about how to be a research crew member. All viable photos and data are submitted to Duke Univeristy for entry into two databases there: MABDC (Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Catalog) and OBIS-SEAMAP (Ocean Biogeoraphic Information System Spatial Ecological Analysis of Mega-vertebrate Populations).
PHOTO-ID Research Surveys
are conducted on a designated Saturday, once a month from January to November. Surveys are conducted under a NMFS-NOAA authorization. Our PERMIT boats may approach dolphins closer than 50 yards and carefully follow dolphins for the purpose of photographic identification by still photography and behavioural studies through the use of video and notes. The General Authorization does not apply to survey boats unless they are under the guidance of a TDP member who is a NMFS Permit Co-Investigator and their name is specified on the NMFS Permit which is included in all the Team Leader Kits. To qualify as a co-investigtor, one must have a minimum of 70 service hours on research boats. Boats without co-investigators on board conduct "traditional" surveys.
The Dolphin Project,  Post Office Box 60753, Savannah Georgia 31420    912-657-3927
Crews are not obligated to participate in every surveys. TDP appreciates two or more per year in order to accumulate as much data as possible.