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Bottle nose dolphins jumping out of the sea. Image captured by AIMM

AIMM

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AIMM is a Portuguese environmental non-governmental and not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the research and conservation of marine species and ecosystems. Founded in 2010 and based in the Algarve region, AIMM aims to be a reference for research, conservation and education of the marine environment, promoting activities and establishing partnerships that, in a cooperative way, enhance the understanding of issues related to the marine environment. AIMM has developed most of its projects in the Algarve region, but also in other regions of Portugal and outside the country, particularly in the Atlantic.

They work in collaboration with national and international entities, such as maritime agents, administrative authorities, dolphin watching companies, other NGOs and public institutions. In cooperation, to promote a sustainable and safer environment for marine species.

AIMM Protect marine species and their ecosystems through scientific research, conservation and environmental education, while also offering opportunities for everyone to better understand the marine environment.

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Interview with
JOANA CASTRO

Founder of AIMM Portugal

What does a normal day at AIMM look like for you?

"The days at AIMM are divided between fieldwork and office work. If the weather permits it, I sometimes join the rest of the team on Ketos, our research vessel. But there’s also lots of work to do in the office. From analysing and gathering the data, to using that data in writing scientific papers".

Why did you choose to become a marine biologist?

"Growing up hearing my grandfather's stories about the sea motivated me to want to explore it. At the age of 10, I saw my first wild dolphins, and that was the moment I knew I wanted to protect these animals. Determined, I graduated as a marine biologist and later founded AIMM" .

 

Did you have a role model that influenced your decision to work in science? 

"I’ve always admired Jane Goodall. She was one of the first women to enter the male-dominated field of animal behaviour science, and that resonated with me. Her passion empowered me to keep pursuing this job".

 

What advice would you give someone trying to work in marine research? 

"The field of marine biology is very competitive, and sometimes it is very difficult to achieve our goals. Don’t give up and try to make connections with fellow colleagues and other people in the field. Relationships will take you far!".

 

What legacy do you hope to leave? 

" It's been 20 years of my life of working in this field and I'm ready for 20 more. I will continue to dedicate my life not only to the animals I love, but also to inspire young women who aspire to a scientific career".

Joana Castro, founder of AIMM sitting on a boat out at sea.
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