Team Leaders coordinate the arrival time and location and boat information with the Skipper; then contact their teams with the information.
They download the required number of survey forms for their kit from the website FORMS page under the RESEARCH tab.
Team Leaders keep the team in compliance with the MMPA (Marine Mammal Protection Act) during the survey. This means that the boat must keep a distance of 50 yards from dolphins whenever possible. The boat is not permitted to turn and follow the dolphins. The exception to this rule is if a crew member is named on the NMFS Permit. For more information on this go to the RESEARCH page.
The Team Leader records the dolphin sighting information on the Event Sheet. The Assistant Team Leader may also complete the Event Sheets under the guidance of the Team Leader.
At the end of the survey, the Team Leader distributes the Evaluation Sheets to the team members and then collects them. The Team Leader also collects the memory card from the Photographer. All the data is then sent to DATA REVIEW for processing and then send to Duke University.
ASSISTANT Team Leaders Assistant Team Leaders attend TDP Training Workshop. On the survey, they serve as dolphin observers and assist the Team Leader and other team members. After participating in two or more surveys, they may become Team Leaders.**Team Leaders pay a $30 refundable deposit on a Team Leader Kit: A waterproof case which holds laminated emergency information sheets, pens, camera memory cards, film, TDP Burgee (flag), the NMFS permit and other survey materials. Survey forms are downloaded for the Kit from this website