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At E-Ko Tours we believe in supporting marine mammal research wherever possible. One of our major initiatives has been the development of a “dolphin database.” This dolphin database was started by Les and Zoe Battersby in 1998 and records; location, pod size and composition, species, behavior and environmental conditions at time of sighting. This information is put into a data base which is used by scientists (recently Cheryl Cross) to produce studies on the dolphins in Queen charlotte Sound. As the company was owned form 2003 -2009 by two Scientists with PHDs in marine studies the data base also includes fin ID information. This same Data set is still taken on a daily basis by both of our vessels so it maintains its consistency for further use as a basis for scientific studies which can be used for the decision making process for management of the marine mammals by the Department of Conservation .
Some other recent activities E-Ko Tours has recently been involved with have included sponsorship of PHD student Cheryl Cross whose Thesis will be complete this year (watch this space for a summary of findings!)
We have also donated time and resources to help Te Papa with their Little Blue Penguin research initiative on Motuara Island. More info on this project in the link below: http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/2014/11/09/little-penguins-the-motuara-island-edition
Please feel free to download the below PDFs if you are interested in the results of some of the research projects E-Ko Tours has been involved with.