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:
We conduct weekly observational land and boat surveys as part of our long term monitoring program on abundance and distribution.
We use acoustics monitoring (e.g. C-PODs, SoundTraps) to understand spatio-temporal distribution of cetaceans.
We respond to marine mammal strandings along the Cambodian coastline.
We use questionnaires and interviews to access local traditional and ongoing ecological knowledge about Cambodian marine mammals.
We work with local fishers and companies to access their knowledge and enhance marine mammal sightings data.
We go into schools and communities to educate people on Cambodian marine mammals and their importance within the ecosystem!