We want to involve the local community in year-round monitoring of cetaceans in the Falkland Islands. Community awareness, enthusiasm, and knowledge of cetaceans is vital for protecting them in the long-term, and the collection of year-round presence and absence data from multiple sites should enable analyses such as:
The relative occurrence of different species in nearshore waters;
Seasonal trends in sightings and numbers; and
Site-specific differences in cetacean occurrence;
This information can be used to identify key areas or peak times of year when particular species or groups (e.g. mother-calf pairs) are using the waters close to land. It will also feed into marine spatial planning and inform mitigation programmes intended to reduce the impacts of human activities.