The Blue Boat Initiative
The Blue BOAT Initiative (Buoy Oceanographic Alert Technology) is a project sponsored by the Chilean Ministry of the Environment, and carried out in conjunction with MERI Foundation. The project aims to preserve and protect whales, while monitoring the oceans, and studying and valuing marine ecosystem services, particularly those associated with the role of whales in the capture of CO2, which are necessary to address climate change.
The Blue BOAT Initiative is a complex whale early warning system for vessels that includes a network of smart buoys, and a passive acoustic and oceanographic monitoring system. This initiative is an addition to previously established protocols that protect whales in maritime traffic routes.