Between the 6th and 8th of April, Dr Vermeulen was invited to participate in the second international workshop on the research and conservation of bottlenose dolphins in the Southwest Atlantic. This workshop was organized by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, and took place in a little town called Casino, in South Brazil. It was the second of its kind, the first one being held in the same location about 7 years ago, in May 2010.
The aim of the workshop was to share and discuss among researchers from Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, all the scientific work being conducted on bottlenose dolphins in these respective countries. Main topics covered: taxonomy, population structure, population dynamics and conservation needs. Thanks to the discussions held, the main data gaps could be indicated as well as the need for an improved collaboration among research groups such as, for example, the creation of an online database accessible to all. All topics discussed will be described in a report, which will become available soon.
Dr Vermeulens invitation was related to the extensive work that has been conducted by herself on the species in Argentina, for her PhD research. As requested, a 20min talk was delivered on the current knowledge of the bottlenose dolphins in this country and stated, what I believe, are the main conservation threats and need for continued research. There were additionally 3 other researchers from Argentina present at this workshop, meaning that first the first time, that national researchers are gaining more and more interest and concern regarding the conservation status of the bottlenose dolphin in their country. Excellent discussions on the way forward were had, and the specific research needs that are required in the future. This, for Dr Vermeulen, was the greatest success of all!!
Special thanks to Dr. Pedro Fruet for the kind invitation, and YaquPacha (www.yaqupacha.org) for the financial support!