Bioacoustic Techniques Applied to Odontocete Conservation and Management in Argentina
Bioacoustics has become a tool of increasing importance to study cetaceans, due to its great potential to estimate population density, determine habitat use, and understand seasonal patterns, among other relevant ecological parameters. These applications convert passive acoustics into a non-invasive tool capable of gathering information for longer periods of time and in remote areas. After various efforts to conduct acoustic studies in the country, Argentina started to slowly grow in the field in the late 2000s. Since then, more reliable and systematic studies have been conducted on odontocetes as a baseline to better understand their biology, and to address potential effects of human activities for conservation purposes.
Given the advantages provided by this method, along with its relative low cost, we encourage other countries in Latin America to use this tool more often. Moreover, considering the most frequent difficulties and challenges we have reviewed from different research groups to carry out research on cetaceans using bioacoustics, we recommend establishing international collaborations and specialize human resources in the topic.
KeywordsBioacoustics Odontocetes Conservation Management Argentina
We would like to thank Pablo Bordino, Guillermo Caille, Claudio Campagna, Luis Capozzo, Iris Caceres, Silvana Dans, Cristian de Haro, Natalia Dellabianca, Diego Rodriguez, Mariano Sironi, Peter Thomas, Peter Tyack, Els Vermeulen and Bernd Wursig for their kindness to provide us with information on other groups doing research on bioacoustics, or facilitating contacts to conduct a more complete survey on professionals working on passive bioacoustics underwater.
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