Michael is a Researcher conducting research in a marine area of complete data deficiency, with the data he gains he’s creating incentives to protect Kenya's large marine mammals who are threatened by climate change.
Michael will not only be able to streamline and increase his research capabilities but also expand his work from a regional to a national level.
With threats such as climate change, overfishing, loss of habitat, and unregulated tourism the future of the dolphins and whales of Kenya, is undeniably uncertain. Marine mammals are slow to recover from small drops in numbers, and they are crucial to marine ecosystems. Therefore it is crucial to conduct research and change human behavior.
Michael is a Marine Mammal Coordinator and Researcher at Kenya Marine Mammal Research and Conservation.
Michael collects data about dolphins and humpback whales who are breeding in the Indian ocean.
Documents large marine mammals through photography and tracking.
Is creating a GIS mapping system.
Analyses data to gain on the relatively undocumented and unknown marine mammals of Kenya.
Cooperates with fishermen, local populations and the government to spread awareness regarding the effects of climate change and other human-induced threats.
Creates educational material and lectures at schools.
Michael and his organization have developed the Kenya Marine Mammal Network, a national dolphin and whale conservation coalition including government, community, tourism sector and education sector members.
Has commenced the whale watching tourism industry with the support of the Ministry of tourism to demonstrate the economic value of marine mammals, incentivizing their protection.
Created partnerships with regional organizations.
Participated and shared data in international symposiums to encourage cross-border cooperation.
Michael is on a mission to save the large marine mammals of Kenya by conducting extensive research and spreading awareness on a regional, national and international level.