Association of Coastal Conservation of Mozambique (ACCM)
ACCM is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of coastal environment in Mozambique, particularly in and around Zavora Beach. The Research Department, called "Zavora Marine Lab." (ZML) is responsable for the scientific studies and work in partnership with Iemanja Ltda. to ensure sustainability of its projects through an Internship Program.
ZML has since its inception developed vital research for the region and raised environmental awareness through educational programs with local communities and visitors. The humpback whale project is one of ZML research project and consists of stationary observations and Photo ID. This project has a national scale and we hope that with your input we can understand more about migration patterns of these massive gentle animals.
Nuarro Eco Lodge, located in the Nampula Province North of Nacala, offer great whale watching opportunity. The calm blue water and close droop off allow spectacular sights of humpback whales during our winter. In 2016 the lodge started to collect data on humpback whales and is now contributing with our database.
Dr. Yara Tibirica
Yara has been surveying humpaback whales in Mozambique for 8 years and is founder of this database of ACCM. She studied Ecology in Brazil and moved to a small fishing village in Pernambuco to work with reef conservation and coastal management. She then travelled to Australia where she completed her Masters degree. She assisted in several research in the Great Barrier Reef and collaborated with projects in Brazil and Mozambique. She built and managed the Zavora Marine Lab. from 2009 to 2016. She then moved to Nuarro EcoLodge and has started a humpback whale project there.
Nicky Ransome (PhD student)
Whale Adviser and Zoologist, La Orca de Sayulita
Nicky has worked with whales in Alaska, Australia (5 seasons), the Azores (Portugal), Ecuador, the Philippines, with us in Mozambique, and 10+ seasons in Mexico! She has a MSc in Marine Science and Management and a BSc in Zoology, and is now doing a PhD on humpback whales, whilst still being involved in several other research projects worldwide. Her research focuses on investigating vessel collisions and entanglements in Mexican humpback whales, and trying to reduce the risk of these anthropogenic threats. Happy to be out on the water everyday of the season, she has encountered many of the world's rarest cetaceans, and is lucky enough to have had many incredible whale encounters including an afternoon with the famous albino humpback whale "Migaloo". Nicky is our whale guru and adviser.
MSc. Sarah Bruck
Sarah grew up by a Norwegian lake, and was usually the first kid splashing around in the freezing lake when the ice eventually dissolved after winter, hunting for baby-fish to put in her fish bowl. Since then her love for marine life has grown, as much as her tolerance to cold water has decreased (she would wear a wetsuit in the bath tub if she could..!). Sarah started diving in Ecuador whilst travelling around South America. Here she saw a juvenile humpback whale on scuba, let out a squeel of joy and decided she was going to be a DM to be able to spend as much time as possible under water with these amazing animals. Sarah has worked at ACCM for over 2 years, but then moved back to Europe to purchased her master on micriplastic. She now works for the Institute of Marine Research in Norway, but still collaboration with our projects.
SeaLife Research Interns
Several science students or dedicated conservationists that spent one month or more helping us with the marine research and environmental projects in Mozambique. During humpback whale season (from June to November), interns help on land and boat survey, spending hours watching whales and trying hard to get a fluke picture. If you are interested on our internship program please click here!