16 Aug 2010

Three-year survey in Fiji waters on humpback whales

7:44 pm on 16 August 2010

A three-year survey on the migration patterns of humpback whales in Fiji waters is set to get underway, after the project was approved for funding by the Australian Marine Mammal Centre.

Sightings of the whales will be recorded, and photographs and sound recordings collected in an effort to help establish migration patterns, breeding grounds, and the population structure..

Aisake Batibasaga from Fiji's Department of Fisheries, says the project will also help researchers to understand the impact of whaling on the population.

The project aims to be relatively low-cost and easy to replicate, so the survey can be continued over a long period of time.