One of the primary objectives during the founding years was to develop longterm monitoring projects in the area though our research and conservation arm DolphinCareAfrica. As a citizen scientists Angie relied on the support of researches both locally and abroad to help in developing the different projects.
Over the years DERC has presented at conferences and given presentations on responsible marine mammal tourism and the local Dolphins of Ponta. We have worked with and array of researches, students and interns from both Mozambique and abroad which has resulted in a number of publications.
Data collection began under the supervision of Dr Vic Cockroft (The Centre of Dolphin Studies SA), Dr Almeida Guissamullo (The Natural History Museum of University Eduardo Mondlane) & Dr Vic Peddemors (Natal Sharks Board). A set of standard operating procedures were developed that included the implementation of the dolphincare code of conduct, photo ID project and data collection.
In 2010 Mozambican Diana Rocha joined DolphinCareAfrica as lead biologist and although living and teaching in Portugal is still assisting with research.
We have worked closely with various governmental institutions in Mozambique to shed light on marine mammal tourism and the implications of such activities in the area.
Moving towards a sustainable cetacean-based tourism industry - a case study of Mozambique. Marine Policy, Vol. 120, October 2020. Rocha, D., Drakeford, B., Marley, S.A., Potts, J., Hale, M. and Gullan, A. (2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104048
The benefits of guide training for sustainable cetacean-based tourism in developing countries, case study – Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve, Mozambique. Diana Rocha, Sarah A. Marley, Benjamin Drakeford, Jonathan Potts & Angie Gullan (2022)
Effects of dolphin-swim activities on the behaviour of an Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin population off the south coast of Mozambique.. Diana Rocha , Sarah A. Marley , Benjamin Drakeford , Jonathan Potts , Angie Gullan (March 2023).