Research Goals and Objectives:

  • Monitor harbor porpoises and harbor seals through photo-ID and behavior surveys from land-based observation point in Burrows Pass and boat based surveys of surrounding waters.
  • Create and maintain a photo-ID catalog and sighting database of harbor porpoise and harbor seal individuals for Burrows Pass and the surrounding waters.
  • Collaborate with other research organizations, naturalists and public to collect photos from different locations in the Salish Sea. We aim to create an online repository where photos and sighting data can be easily uploaded to be included in our database.
  • Collect data on underwater environmental and anthropogenic sounds using passive acoustic monitors and correlate with marine mammal presence and behavior.
  • Publish scientific papers and present at international conferences.