A local marine mammal researcher,
who spent the past year travelling to countries in Africa and Central
America, is set to share the results of her research on marine
observer programs in developing nations.
Kate Wynne will present a talk on her research, "The Globalization of Conservation:
A Personal View of NOAA Marine Observer Programs in Developing Nations,"
Wednesday at the Kodiak
Center from 7
to 8 p.m. The talk is part of Whale Fest Kodiak 2009 and is sponsored by
Friends of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.
In the past year, Kate Wynne, a
marine mammal specialist for the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, has
visited Ghana, Senegal and most recently, Costa Rica. Wynne, who worked with
NOAA on the project, says the goal of her research and training trips, was to
explore the intersection of politics, conservation and differing social
perspectives on human-marine mammal interactions in developing nations.
-- (Observers 1 31 sec. "I've been working with ... new programs that are starting.")
said such observer programs were a new concept to some of the countries she
visited and an extension of existing programs in others that haven't
necessarily focused on marine mammal by-catch.
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it was ... elaboration on those programs.")
said people in all three countries were receptive to such programs. In fact,
they all requested assistance from NOAA in developing them.
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