Funding: Namibian Coast Conservation and Management project (NACOMA), Nedbank Go Green fund and the British Ecological Society.
Partners: Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR), Oceans Research Namibian NGOs and the local community, particularly commercial marine-tour operators
Dates: Started 2008
The Namibian Dolphin Project is a research and conservation project working in Walvis Bay and Luderitz, Namibia. The goals of the project are to gather data on the abundance, distribution and habitat use of whales and dolphins in Namibia. The project is hosted within Namibia by the Namibia Nature Foundation.

Research. Little is known about Namibia’s cetaceans and much of the data that exists is decades old. The research carried out by this project focuses on gathering baseline population level data, including abundance, behaviour and distribution of marine mammals and turtles to assess their conservation status.

Learn about the current research projects.

Education. This is an important part of the work done by Namibian Dolphin Project and includes programmes to excite young learners about their environment and share current scientific information with the community. There are also programmes to promote sustainable use of marine resources and with tour operators to promote responsible marine tourism. 

Read about the education programs.