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Aerial survey marine mammals Dogger bank - MB5304

Description
The UK’s part of the Dogger Bank is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) which was designated for the qualifying feature of the sandbank. Harbour porpoises occur in the Dogger Bank region and are included in the SAC as a non-qualifying feature (i.e. Grade D). An aerial survey in August 2011 (Gilles et al. 2011) of the entire Dogger Bank showed that harbor porpoises were most common along the edge of the UK’s portion of the Dogger Bank (Gilles et al. 2011). r Additional data on the distribution and abundance of cetaceans, particularly harbor porpoise, is now needed to investigate seasonal changes as well as changes in occurrence between years. In this proposal an aerial survey of cetaceans in the UK part of the Dogger Bank and surrounding waters in August 2013 is offered.
Objective
1) Survey: collect aerial survey data on the abundance and distribution of cetaceans in late summer (Aug 2013) .
2) Data check and analysis of collected data.
3) Final report: The results will be presented in a report including density estimates and distribution maps and a pdf copy supplied to Defra.
4) Data transfer: validated survey data will be provided to include in the Joint Cetacean Protocol database.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2013

To: 2013

Cost: £71,500
Contractor / Funded Organisations
IMARES
Keywords
Marine Life