Defra - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Science Search

Science and Research Projects

Return to Science Search homepage   Return to Project List

The influence of environmental contaminants on skin disease in bottlenose dolphins. - MF0516

Description
R&D Summary Objective Assess the extent to which anthropogenic (eg coastal pollution) and natural factors (eg temperature) are responsible for the high level of lesions in Moray Firth bottlenose dolphins. Key Customer Purpose Enable MAFF to judge the extent to which contaminants may be responsible for high disease levels observed in a population of cetaceans in UK waters, thus fulfilling responsibilites to the Habitats Directive and IWC commitments.
Objective
1. To monitor the prevalence and development of skin disease in bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth. 2. To compare the prevalence of skin disease in the Moray Firth bottlenose dolphins with other populations around the world. 3. To determine the extent to which enviromental contaminants and other environmental factors influence the prevalence of skin disease in coastal bottlenose dolphins. 4. To determine, from post-mortem analyses, the extent to which Moray Firth bottlenose dolphins are exposed to enviromental contaminants and to determine the agents of the skin disese.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1994

To: 1997

Cost: £177,706
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Sea Mammal Research Unit
Keywords
Fisheries              
Marine Mammals              
Whales              
Fields of Study
Marine Fisheries