THE DOLPHIN PROJECT was organized in 1989 after a mass die-off of dolphins on the Eastern seaboard of the United States. It is the longest operated dolphin research program in the country staffed entirely by trained volunteers.
You can help our residential dolphins through The Dolphin Project's Adopt-A- Dolphin program. Know a dolphin lover? Adopt-A-Dolphin is a great gift idea for birthdays, Christmas, class projects, thank-you's and memorials.
THE DOLPHIN PROJECT is deeply appreciative of our sponsors. They give us the potential to reach more people with our Education Outreach programs and support our research which protects our dolphins and our environment.
On April 1995, The Dolphin Project received an authorization to do photographic identification under General Authorization 6 of the National Marine Fisheries Service
This 5-year renewable authorization continues to the present time and allows TDP to engage in "Class B Harrassment". Simply stated, our PERMIT boats may approach dolphins closer than 50 yards and carefully follow dolphins for the purpose of photographic identification by still photography and behavioural studies through the use of video and notes. The General Authorization does not apply to survey boats unless they are under the guidance of a TDP member who is a NMFS Permit Co-Investigator and their name is specified on the NMFS Permit which is included in all the Team Leader Kits.
The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) prohibits the 'taking' of marine mammals.
The term 'taking' means to harass, hunt, capture, kill or feed or attempt any of these activities. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) encourages the public to keep a distance of 50 yards from wild dolphins. The Dolphin Project adheres to this law and reports any violations. On several occasions there have been observations of wild dolphin abuse during surveys. TDP teams were able to document the violations and report them to NMFS and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).