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About Us

Khmer Ocean Life works to research and conserve Cambodia's oceans, with a current focus on monitoring marine megafauna and engaging local communities. A lot of our work involves capacity building, to strengthen research and conservation efforts in Cambodia for years to come. All of the work of Khmer Ocean Life is conducted in close collaboration with the Fisheries Administration of the Royal Government of Cambodia. Our activities include: 

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Observational Surveys 

We conduct weekly observational land and boat surveys as part of our long term monitoring program on abundance and distribution.

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UAV (Drone) surveys

We use our UAV (drone) to capture images of marine mammal dorsal fins to add to a growing catalogue for population estimates and trends. 

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Strandings Response

We respond to marine mammal strandings along the Cambodian coastline.

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Social Science

We use questionnaires and interviews to access local traditional and ongoing ecological knowledge about Cambodian marine mammals. 


Citizen Science

We work with local fishers and companies to access their knowledge and enhance marine mammal sightings data.

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We go into schools and communities to educate people on Cambodian marine mammals and their importance within the ecosystem!


Partnership training

Members of staff have joined partnership organisations for training such as The Sarasota Dolphin research programme in Florida and MareCet in Malaysia.

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