USEA Patrollers are marine biologists who have given agreement to the USEA System and the Charter
USEA Patrollers are in the field to control the respect of the charter and the guidelines of good practizing. They assist USEA guides in the way of USEA techniques. They collect and report whale watchers behaviour to USEA.
Deeply interested in marine mammals since I was a little girl, I've had many opportunities to meet various species in the field for 15 years, first as an observer, photographer or skipper on survey campaigns in the North, Mediterranean Sea or Atlantic Ocean (harbor and gray seals, fin whales, delphinids) then in Quebec and British Columbia, CA, where I had the chance to work as a volunteer on blue, fin, minke and humpback whales as well as orcas. These experiences familiarized me with spotting, approaching and observing these animals at sea, collecting, sorting and analyzing different types of data (environmental, behavioral, photographic, acoustic).From 2007 to 2009, I've been working as a marine wildlife guide in French Polynesia. I then took part in the creation of the NGO 'Groupe d'Étude des Mammifères Marins de Polynésie (GEMM-Polynésie - Marine Mammal Study Group)' dedicated to a better understanding and conservation of marine mammals within the Sanctuary. Along with the NGO, I launched in 2009 and am still coordinating a long-term study on a common bottlenose dolphin population subject to tourism pressure in Rangiroa, Tuamotu archipelago. In addition, I launched in 2011 an annual monitoring of humpback whales and other cetaceans in the Leeward Islands, Society archipelago. In 2012, I've contributed to the one-week caring of a humpback whale calf separated from its mother. From 2012, I've also been engaged in field observations of fisheries / cetaceans interactions in Polynesian waters and made an inventory of mitigation techniques developed worldwide.