Cetacean monitoring effort carried out by voluntary NGOs in UK waters 2013
There is an obligation under Article 11 of the Habitats Directive to undertake surveillance on the conservation status of all cetacean species occurring in UK waters and to report on this every six years. The purpose of the Habitats Directive is that species and habitats achieve and maintain a Favourable Conservation Status (FCS). Monitoring trends in abundance and distribution of species is one of the main ways to undertake surveillance.
Since the Joint Cetacean Database (JCD) was established in the late 1990s, leading to the publication of the Atlas of Cetacean Distribution in North-West European Waters (Reid et al., 2003), a wide range of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from the voluntary sector have started projects that collect information on cetacean distribution and abundance in the waters around the British Isles. The Joint Cetacean Protocol (JCP) has been established recently, as a follow up to the JCD and Atlas, and aims to update the JCD project and customise its output in order to better enable the assessment of the FCS of cetacean species in UK and adjacent North-West European waters.
This report reviewed planned monitoring effort on cetacean distribution and abundance in UK waters carried out by the voluntary NGOs up to 2007, with the aim of identifying areas with good monitoring effort, gaps in coverage, and data quality issues. This report also serves to contribute to the development of a UK Surveillance Strategy for cetaceans.
Resource type Publication
Topic category Environment
Reference date 2013·09·01
Anderwald, P., Ansamann, I., Baines, M., Baulch, S., Evans, P.G.H., Nuuttila, H. & Pesante, G. 2013. Cetacean monitoring effort carried out by voluntary NGOs in UK waters. JNCC Report No. 480, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.
This report reviewed planned monitoring effort on cetacean distribution and abundance in UK waters, carried out by voluntary NGOs up to 2007.
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Metadata date 2020·09·10
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