I am Yurasi Briceño, from Venezuela. Currently I am PhD candidate of ecology at Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research. My doctoral project has a main goal to estimate the abundance of Sotalia guianensis in southern Maracaibo Lake and use a predictive model to know about the distribution and density of this species in all Maracaibo lake with the intention to identify priority conservation areas. I am coordinating a principal project named Proyecto Sotalia which aims to cover several aspects of this dolphin in the region. Important questions such as how many dolphins are? How is the distribution of species?, habitat preference, main threats including bycatch, presence of heavy metals in their bodies.
We are trying to propose actions and strategies for the conservation of guiana dolphin in Maracaibo Lake.