One of the core pillars of The Enjoolata Foundation is our commitment to being facilitators of social and environmental change on a local scale. Small actions in our community can lead to immense transformation; The Sussex Dolphin Project is a shining example of this commitment in action. As a dedicated marine conservation project, the Sussex Dolphin Project has undertaken the noble task of protecting local dolphin species through research, awareness, and education.
In a region bustling with shipping traffic, commercial fisheries, and recreational activities, This group of staff and volunteers passionately safeguards our local marine ecosystem and its inhabitants.
At the core of the Sussex Dolphin Project is the power of citizen science. In an area where traditional research into marine mammals has been minimal, this project empowers local people to become the eyes and ears of the sea. Their community-minded philosophy has illuminated a path to deeper understanding, offering insights into the behaviour, movement, prey species, and breeding sites of our marine neighbours. This collaborative effort creates a network of marine mammal spotters, tirelessly collecting valuable data all along the Sussex coastline. The project thrives on collaboration with the community. Whether through immersive boat trips, enlightening research events, coastal clean-up initiatives, or their vibrant social media presence, the Sussex Dolphin Project welcomes anyone interested in marine conservation.
Education stands as a core pillar of the Sussex Dolphin Project’s mission, reflecting their deep commitment to inspiring and engaging local youth. Through engaging and enjoyable learning experiences, they nurture an interest in marine habitat conservation. This educational journey unveils the mysteries of marine life, their intricate relationships, and the dynamic nature of marine ecosystems. The project is dedicated to preparing future stewards of the sea and stressing the significance of preserving these underwater realms. They achieve this through a range of programs, including in-class workshops, beach experiences, and whole-school assemblies, offering invaluable lessons to prospective guardians. Ultimately, the Sussex Dolphin Project motivates us to work towards environmental harmony.
Operating under the umbrella of the World Cetacean Alliance, the world’s largest marine conservation partnership, The Sussex Dolphin Project’s efforts have been instrumental in creating a sightings network and increasing opportunities for local residents to participate in marine conservation. Their evidence-based research on individual dolphins and pods is a priceless tool for the protection of Sussex marine mammals.
Beyond this, the challenges persist. Hundreds of dolphins and marine animals face the imminent threat of bycatch from giant fishing vessels along our precious coastlines. The Sussex Dolphin Project urges us all to take action to address this pressing issue. Their advocacy calls for transparency, accountability, and the establishment of more robust regulations governing these vessels, all aimed at safeguarding marine life.
Here’s what you can do to support the campaign against the use of Supertrawlers:
- Write to your MP – If you’re in the UK, urge your Member of Parliament to take action against supertrawler bycatch.
- Sign the petition – Join the #DolphinsArentDiscard petition to demand more transparency and regulation here >
- Make a donation – Contribute to the campaign to amplify the voice of marine conservation.
- Stay informed – Keep up to date with the campaign’s progress and other marine conservation efforts by signing up for updates from the World Cetacean Alliance here: https://worldcetaceanalliance.us10.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=cdd1c98fda1547a8b5e29d5be&id=bffbcbec14
The Sussex Dolphin Project stands strong as a symbol of dedication, resilience, and the power of community-driven conservation. Their tireless work inspires hope in a brighter future for Sussex’s marine realm. Together, we can be stewards of the sea and protect these charismatic creatures and their habitats for generations to come.