The PIDU team would like to acknowledge the assistance of the following people and organizations who fully supported the PIDU project activities:
Special thanks to ExxonMobil PNG Ltd for funding this project. Particular thanks to Sisa Kina, Debbi Maraki, Lynette Baratai-Pokas, Jane Mogina, Valentina Kaman, Shabaka Gibson and Stephen Whisker from ExxonMobil PNG Ltd, for their continued support and enthusiasm towards project activities and encouraging significant local PNG involvement.
James Cook University
Thanks to Professor Robyn McGuiggan and Julieanne Cox for assisting to initiate the scholarship program and their continued support of all project activities. Thanks to Louise Myers and Alex Salvador for their support of 2019 project activities.
UPNG and PAU
Particular thanks to the UPNG and PAU students that assisted with field surveys: Monica Kolkia, Tania Areori, Wally Komon, Elizah Nagombi, Gilam Tamolsaian, Alfred Maru, Dave Anan, and Tiannah Homuo
Conservation and Environment Protection Authority
Many thanks to Vagi Rei, Bernard Suruman and Job Opu.
PNG Institute of Biological Research
Miriam Supuma and Banak Gamui.
University of Papua New Guinea
Many thanks to UPNG for collaborating on this project. Particular thanks to Vice-Chancellor Professor Frank Griffin, Drs. Augustine Mungkaje and Ralph Mana, Mr. Raymond Samson, Mrs. Eshwin Enoch, Mrs. Beatrix Waiin, Mr. Jim Robins.
PNG National Museum and Art Gallery
Particular thanks to Mr. Andrew Moutu and Mr. Jim Anamiato.
Many thanks to the skipper (Bianca Gerrard) and crew of Eclipse FNQ, who made the trips a great success through their professionalism and enthusiasm to assist the project:
Bianca Gerrard, Joe Berrick, Soren Larsen, Norman Lees, Freya Berrick, Wayde Alleyn and Chris McCormack.
PIKU Biodiversity Network
Yolarnie Amepou and the PBN Board for project support, assistance and collaboration.
Many thanks to all the Kikori community members who took time to discuss marine mammals in the Kikori Delta and particularly those who donated skeletal specimens to the National Museum and Art Gallery (sincere apologies for anyone that has been omitted): Jestina Kisu, James Kisu, Kespi Amawe, Nonoga Kisu and Naiva Kisu, Elaro Baiara and his son Councillor Baiara Elaro for the specimens found on Banana Island and the villagers of Babai and Apeawa Villages, John Kairu and family, Rex Ara, Noho Kairia, Mailau Kairia, Koumei Kairia, Unobi Simon and Diaa Kapai, Kemau Ave’a and Ave’a Ave’e.
Goare and Dopima villages
Mika Kimori, Aini Kevin, Ainu Eddy, Timothy Kimuri, Dabia, Hiwa Kenneth and community leaders including Councilor Buara and Kenneth Korokai and villagers.
Prof. Arthur Georges, Yolarnie Amepou and the PIKU team for their continued assistance with logistical advice on the Kikori region.
Mr Ara Kouwo (Veraibari Village Leader), Mr Amhai Amere (Veraibari Councilor), Mr Leonard (Veraibari School Head Teacher) and all Veraibari Villagers for their much-appreciated hospitality, support and interest in workshop and survey activities.
New Guinea Binatang Research Centre
Particular thanks to Professor Vojtech Novotny for his outstanding support and assistance with the PIDU scholarship program. Thanks also to Francesca Dem and all BRC staff and students for their hospitality and support of the scholarship students.
Saina Jeffrey for her full support of project activities and organizing the WWF training workshop at Veraibari.