SEA LION RESCUES
They conduct a monthly monitoring and disentanglement of sea lions from netting and other discarded fishing gear in the Bay of La Paz. In November 2015, the first training workshop was held in La Paz using the remote sedation technique for the capture and disentanglement of sea lions.
Since that year they have conducted 12 campaigns in La Paz and one more in Isla Margarita; as well as collaborated in campaigns in Los Cabos and Puerto Peñasco, with a total of 25 sea lions released from the remains of nets and fishing lines.
SEA LION MONITORING
Constant monitoring of the main sea lion aggregation points in the Bay of La Paz. Monitor the general condition of the colonies, monitor their entanglement rate, and conduct censuses. This provides valuable information on the condition and behavior of entangled individuals, which helps to better plan capture strategies for each individual.
In addition to monitoring, as a Community Vigilance Committee subscribed to PROFEPA (the district attorney’s for the protection of the environment), they monitor that no illegal activities are carried out within the protected natural areas, and inform the authorities, with evidence, if there are any irregularities (illegal fishing, bad practices in tourist activities, etc).
Sea lions are excellent bio-indicators of the health of the ecosystems they inhabit, so having information about their health status indirectly provides good information about their environment. By having census and behavioral data, plus access to sampling during capture and disentanglement, valuable information can be obtained and generate knowledge + education.
Different analyses are currently being carried out to understand the physiological processes triggered by gill netting.