DolphinCareAfrica was founded in '98 as the research and conservation arm of Dolphin EnCOuntours for the purpose that would benefit the dolphins and marine environment in Ponta do Ouro. It was evident that with the 'swim with dolphins' prohibition in South Africa, Mozambique would soon join the elite number of countries that are fortunate enough to host marine mammals and allow swim with activities. This would - if left unregulated become un-sustainable. One of the first aims was to start a collaborated long term monitoring project of the dolphins that would be funded by encountours, the sister commercial dolphins swim operator. Each time a program was facilitated, baseline data and images were collected. Secondly was to campaign for a code of conduct to be followed that included a one boat policy and non invasive swim procedures when encountering dolphins in the water and by boat. Third but certainly not least - early pioneers to the area envisaged a marine protected in hope that the unique bio-diversity of the area would be cared for.