The long-term monitoring research programme on the Chinese white dolphins (Sousa chinensis) and Indo-Pacific finless porpoises (Neophocaena phocaenoides) has been continuously conducted since 1995 by the Hong Kong Cetacean Research Project, with the assistance of Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society and several other institutions.
A great deal on the aspects of the cetaceans’ biology and conservation status have been learnt over the past few years. However, there are still a number of threats facing the local dolphins. Therefore, HKDCS continues to support local and regional research on the coastal species of dolphins and porpoises in order to monitor their abundance, distribution, habitat use, ranging patterns, social structure, acoustic behaviours and many other aspects of their population biology. With the information collected, local authorities are empowered to maintain effective conservation efforts and promote the importance of marine conservation along our coastlines.
Below you can browse through some facts documented on the long-term monitoring of local cetaceans, past and current research studies funded by HKDCS, and the participation of HKDCS scientists at international conferences to share research knowledge with cetacean researchers and conservationists from around the world.