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UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme CSIP - MB0111

Description
To provide a coordinated approach to the surveillance of cetacean strandings and to investigate major causes of death of stranded cetaceans in the UK, the project will also collect data on UK stranded seals, marine turtles and basking sharks.
The outputs form this project which include; the ability to determine the causes of death in cetaceans and using stranding events to monitor the incidence of disease to identify any substantial new threats to conservation status, will ensure that the UK complies with a number of national and international agreements/obligations, including the habitats directive and the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic and North Sea (ASCOBANS).

Objective
-Collate, analyse and report data for all cetacean strandings around the coast of the UK;
-Determine the major causes of death in stranded cetaceans, including by-catch and physical trauma, in order to identify any substantial new threats to their conservation status
-Undertake surveillance on the incidence of disease in stranded cetaceans in order to identify any substantial new threats to their conservation status;
-Investigate the potential interaction between feeding behaviour, fisheries and stranded cetaceans through examination of the contents of the stomach; to also record any evidence of ‘litter’.
-Maintain the CSIP database which brings together accurate and geo-reference data on both strandings and post mortem data, which then allows end users to interrogate this data using the Internet.
-Make information on strandings and post-mortems results available to the Department and Devolved Administrations quarterly and publicly available by annual reports.
-Improve and maintain relationships with existing regional volunteer networks and local authorities.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : FINAL UK CSIP Annual Report 2015   (4877k)
• ANN - Annual Report : FINAL UK CSIP Annual Report 2011   (2898k)
• ANN - Annual Report : FINAL UK CSIP Annual Report 2012   (1839k)
• ANN - Annual Report : FINAL UK CSIP Annual Report 2013   (3899k)
• ANN - Annual Report : Final UK CSIP Annual Report 2014   (4637k)
• OTH - Other : KyleofDurness2011massstrandingeventreport   (2518k)
• TPS - Two Page Summary : MB0111: Two Page Summary What causes whales, dolphins and porpoises to strand around the UK coast?   (435k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2011

To: 2017

Cost: £1,696,054
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Zoological Society of London
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