A tangled net: Bycatch, dolphin conservation, and human well-being

Dolphins in the Fish Bowl

Irrawaddy dolphins frolicking amidst fishing activity in Malampaya Sound. T.S.Whitty
The Malampaya Sound Protected Area Office rangers retrieving a dolphin killed by bycatch. Photo Credit: Malampaya Sound Protected Area Office.
A fisher paddles past New Guinlo, one of the most developed fishing village in Malampaya Sound. T.S.Whitty.
Fishers hauling up their nets. T.S.Whitty

Following Dolphins & Talking to Fishers

. Our team loading up our (usually) trusty research vessel, the Malampaya Express. T.S.Whitty
Conducting an exploratory group interview. T.S.Whitty
Fishers preparing to deploy their crab pots. T.S.Whitty
A pile of crab pots on the beach. T.S.Whitty

“I am proud to have them here”

We need to find glimmers of hope for Irrawaddy dolphin conservation, and use them to motivate concerted and creative conservation efforts. T.S.Whitty
Children in awe of meeting Waddy, the Irrawaddy dolphin, during one of our outreach events. T.S.Whitty
How can the future generations of Malampaya Sound conserve their dolphin neighbors while promoting their own well-being? T.S.Whitty

Acknowledgements

Exploring the world of coastal conservation & communities, meaningful travel, and life along the way | tswhitty.com | PhD in marine conservation

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