ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH

The Wilder Blue has extensive experience and expertise in ecological research ensuring the outcomes of ecological monitoring projects provide valuable information to facilitate improvements to environmental management and conservation. The Wilder Blue has experience in innovative research involved in population modelling and individual identification databases both marine and terrestrial species.

 
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TAGGING AND BIOMETRIC DATA

The Wilder Blue is experienced in the field gathering biometric data as well as handling and banding/tagging species in order to identify species habitat ranges and population dynamics.
Expertise extend to;

  • Fish tagging and stock assessment

  • Sea bird banding

  • Sea turtle banding

  • Shark tagging

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MARINE MONITORING AND HABITAT MANAGEMENT

Sea turtles are endangered throughout the world due to anthropogenic impacts as well as degraded habitats. The Wilder Blue acts as an advisory service for NGOs and Research programs in order to collect and manage monitoring data as well as provide training for habitat monitoring and management including sea turtle nesting beaches and hatchery implementation and coral reefs.

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IDENTIFICATION DATABASE MANGEMENT

Photographic identification is an approach that is becoming more prevalent as a management tool. This approach relies on the identification of individuals by the comparison of conspicuous markings, typically being facial markings in sea turtles, fluke lines of cetaceans and fin profiles or flank spots on shark species. Photo ID can be particularly useful for studying endangered and threatened species, where minimum stress and handling to individuals is needed.

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CORAL HABITAT RESTORATION AND REWILDING

The advancements in the field of coral habitat restoration is growing faster by the day and the scale of operation are growing larger. Artificial reefs, coral gardening, mineral accretion, micro fragmentation and gamete seeding. These are some of the new techniques being implemeted and each technique needs robust project management and expert advice to see the project succeed.