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A group of people looking for the conservation and management of an endangered subpopulation of killer whales in the Iberian peninsula

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Alfredo López Fernández. PhD. in Biology from the University of Santiago and specialist in cetaceans in Galicia. Assistant researcher at the Department of Biology of the University of Aveiro-CESAM. Member of CEMMA.

Álvaro G. De los Rios y Los huertos. Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from the Faculty of Córdoba. PhD candidate from the University of Murcia, Department of Anatomy and Embryology. Technician of the Autonomous City of Ceuta. He co-Founder of Septem Nostra and CECAM. 20 years working in stranding of cetaceans and sea turtles from Ceuta and the African coast from the Alboran Sea to Melilla.

Cristina Martín Bernal. Graduated in Biology from the University of Barcelona and Master in Oceanography and Management of the Marine Environment. Since 2012 she works as a nature guide and marine biologist in responsible whale watching vessels in the Strait of Gibraltar, including 3 as coordinator of the scientific department. She is a member of the team of the Estrecho Natura entity for responsible whale watching in the Bay of Algeciras and the Strait of Gibraltar. She has combined her work with research projects on cetaceans and environmental education in different entities on the Catalan coast and Mexico.

Jose Antonio Martínez Cedeira. Graduate in Biology from the University of Vigo and Professional Diver and President of CEMMA. Specialist in marine, oceanic and aerial monitoring of cetaceans, and in cetacean-fishing interaction studies.

José Carlos García Gómez. Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Seville, Director of the Marine Biology Laboratory (Department of Zoology-Faculty of Biology, US); Director of the R + D + i research area of the Seville Aquarium and the Estrecho Marine Biology Station (Ceuta).

Elvira Garcia-Bellido. Marine biologist. Head of the Marine Species Area. General Directorate for Biodiversity, Forests and Desertification. Ministry for ecological transition and the Demographic Challenge.

Ezequiel Andréu Cazalla. Graduate in Environmental Sciences and oceanologist, head of research in a whale watching company for 14 years in the Strait of Gibraltar and researcher for the Garum Tarifa Association.

Francisco Martinho. Master in Biology and Conservation by the University of Lisbon. Researcher and founder of ECCO Ocean. In the last 13 years he has participated in several research projects. In 0219 he has observed 15 cetaceans species at sea. He is in charge of several databases, namely surveys, sightings and photo-id catalogue of several species.

Liliana Olaya Ponzone. Graduated in Biological Sciences from the University of Seville. Research staff at the Marine Biology Laboratory of the University of Seville since 2003. Participates in research focused on monitoring, environmental surveillance and conservation biology of cetaceans in the Bay of Algeciras and the Strait of Gibraltar, as well as in other lines related to the estuary of the Guadalquivir river and nearby areas oriented to the characterization of its biota and its fluctuations over time, to contribute to its better management, environmental monitoring and conservation. Likewise, she collaborates in the investigations and in the management of the Biological Research Area R + D + i of the Aquarium of Seville.

Marina Sequeira. Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas de Portugal.

Marisa Ferreira. Graduated in Applied Biology and Master in Environmental Sciences from the University of Minho. Member of the Portuguese Sociedade de Vida Selvagem, coordinator of the Regional Network (north) of Arrojamentos and the Centro de Reabilitação de Animais Marinhos. Participate in various research projects and conservation of cetaceans: MarPro - Conservation of marine protected species in Mainland Portugal, Cetsenti - Cetaceans as marine ecosystem health sentinels, SafeSea - Sustentabilidade das artes de pesca locais e promoção de uma safe mar para cetaceans.

Paco Gil.  Cetaceans, fish and seabed photographer and audiovisuals. Director, skipper of TURMARES S.L. responsible whale watching company in the Strait of Gibraltar. 2000 Founder and member of the department of research and environmental education and images on Cetaceans of TURMARES SL., whose team has been observing, collecting data and preparing Cetaceans catalogs, in collaboration with numerous universities and scientific identities for more than 20 years. Director and member for 7 years of CICAM (Centro de Interpretación de Cetáceos y aula del mar). President of ASACETA (Association of Cetacean sighting operators of the Strait, of Tarifa and of Andalusia).

Paula Méndez Fernandez, graduated in Marine Biology from the University of Santiago de Compostela and PhD in Marine Ecology from La Rochelle Université (France) and the Universidade do Minho (Braga, Portugal). Since 2017 she has been a research engineer at the Observatoire Pelagis (La Rochelle Université-CNRS) and responsible for monitoring the chemical contamination of marine mammal populations in French waters and for the analytical laboratory. At the same time she is a research staff of the French National Stranding Network and of the marine and aerial observation campaigns carried out by the Observatoire Pelagis. Since 2016 she has been a member of the board of CEMMA.

Rocio Espada Ruiz. Biologist. 16 years as director of the scientific department of whale watching companies in the Bay of Algeciras and the Strait of Gibraltar. Research Technician at the Marine Biology Laboratory, University of Seville. Co-founder of the environmental consulting firm-MMIRC as well as the Ecolocaliza project for responsible observation, research and environmental education in cetaceans.

Ruth Esteban. PhD. in Marine Sciences from the University of Cádiz, which thesis was focused on this subpopulation of killer whale in the southern of the Iberian Peninsula. Her research focuses has been the study of ecology of marine mammals and the implementation of the knowledge gained into their conservation. Researcher at the Museu da Baleia da Madeira.

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