Pacific Islands Photo-Identification Network

A growing network of researchers studying spinner dolphins in the Pacific Islands Region

The Pacific Islands Photo-Identification Network, (PIPIN), is a developing network of researchers studying cetaceans in the Pacific Islands Region through the use of photo-identification techniques. This includes studying dolphins and whales from the waters of Hawaii and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, American Samoa, Palmyra Atoll, Johnston Atoll, Baker and Howland Islands, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

PIPIN was initiated through a grant from the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, through the cetacean research program at the Joint Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Research and the NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center in Honolulu. The funding was directed to support a collaborative photo-identification catalog that will integrate the efforts of various researchers conducting photo-ID studies on spinner dolphins, and other species, in the waters of the Pacific Islands Region. Similar collaborative catalogs exist in other regions, such as the Mid-Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Catalog (MABDC).