Nova Atlantis is completely run by volunteers. We have been in the field for 22 consecutive years now. That makes this an exceptionally long-run fieldwork research project, and the longest for this species. Our findings improve understanding of marine wildlife around the Azores, and, through our contacts with local authorities, contribute to better conservation management.
We need all the help we can get to keep our long-term research going!
We always seek funding to cover our running costs. In addition, we aim to start acoustic research, which requires extra investments. See below!
If you wish to help us running the project, please make your donation here:
If you don’t have a bank account in the Single European Payment Area, you can make a donation by wire transfer (in Euro) to Stichting Nova Atlantis, IBAN: NL63 BUNQ 2025 4379 86, BIC code: BUNQNL2A.
The use of a drone greatly helped to gain new insights into the functioning of stable male pods: how do they stay friends if they also compete for access to females? We now wish to extend our research with acoustics: by recording the sounds that Risso's dolphins make we expect to get an even better understanding of what goes on in their social relations. In order to assign sounds to individuals, we plan to use a collapsible hydrophone array with four hydrophones attached. The differences of the times of arrival of sounds in each of the hydrophones will help to identity the source of the sound. Combining this with drone video and Photo-ID recorded at the same time, we can put names of individuals to these sources (see the picture below). Our current research vessel (a 5.1 m RIB called 'Easy'), is too small to operate such a hydrophone array. For this purpose, we need to put the bigger 6.7 m research vessel 'Moleiro' back into use again, which was last in operation in 2014. This plan requires investments in a hydrophone array, a new engine and other repairs - total € 25,000.
A: Photo-identification | B: Drone video | C: Hydrophone array with 4 hydrophones | D: written records
Apart from the investments described above, Nova Atlantis has running project costs (such as fuel, maintenance of research vessel and equipment, internet access), which also need to be funded.
To give you an idea:
€ 25 funds the fuel for a 3 hour trip with our research vessel
€ 50 funds the maintenance of our research vessel for 1 month
€ 100 funds the cost for storing the research vessel for 1 month during winter