El Pinar, Uruguay
I work in the “Centro de Investigación y Conservación Marina” – CICMAR (Marine Research and Conservation Center) that is an NGO composed by 20 members, among biologists, other professionals, and general public, dedicated to the research and conservation of the marine resources. CICMAR (http://cicmar.org) have been recognized as a non-profit organization in 2008 (Ministry of Education: Resolution Nº 2010 No. 142). Since then we have established collaborations, and also receive funding, to work on satellite tracking of marine turtles and Blue Shark in the South-Western Atlantic Ocean, with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the US) and DINARA (National Administration of the Uruguayan Aquatic Resources). In addition, other projects are being carried out like “Proyecto Albatros y Petreles” – PAP (Albatrosses and Petrels Project) that is sponsored by BirdLife International through the Albatross Task Force Program and have been supported by IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators). Other projects CICMAR is running are related with marine turtles and sharks in collaboration with DINARA and some of them are undergraduate and graduate theses. Finally, I am running other project about gull ecology that is being carried out on a coastal island (Isla de las Gaviotas) off Montevideo city. I have established collaborations with othe NGOs, social organizations and the government that allowed me to gain experience from them and also make a better work (see below).
Part of our work is dedicated to spread the knowledge we generate to the general public. Several talks about seabirds, sharks and marine turtle’s distribution, by-catch and breeding ecology in the South Western Atlantic have been carried out in many institutions and social organizations.
In addition, to optimize the achievement of our objectives we work closely with fishermen, skippers, ship-owners and engineers in a collaborative way. Also, many of our members are onboard observers and have a straight contact with these important people. Furthermore, two of our members had the chance to be the scientific chief onboard our national scientific vessel working in a collaborative way with DINARA. This allowed us to be taking part in several links of the marine conservation chain such as the industry, scientists and government.