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BB2 - Cetacean abundance and distribution (M4)

FieldDescriptionValidated Entry
[Table title]Name of monitoring programmeCetacean abundance and distribution (M4)
[ProgrammeDescription]Description of the monitoring programmeThere is currently no mechanism to collect, analyse and interpret population-leve cetacean data to fulfil the requirement of OSPAR assessments and the six-yearly reporting requirements for EU Habitats and Marine Strategy Framework Directives at a European scale in a co-ordinated or consensual manner among Member States. For highly mobile and wide-ranging populations of cetaceans, the inclusion of a trans-boundary approach is a prerequisite to allow for a proper assessment of their status. Previous trans-boundary cetacean surveys in the European Atlantic (SCANS, SCANS-II and SCANS-III) have all been independently proposed, and finance sought, by the team of scientists that implemented them each time a survey was needed, according to the objective of approximately decadal-scale surveys. Contrary to what many assume, there is no long-term commitment or mechanism to ensure funding is available for future co-ordinated trans-boundary surveys. A framework is needed to ensure the long-term implementation of a co-ordinated trans-boundary cetacean monitoring programme (SCANS programme) in the Northeast Atlantic.
[OtherPoliciesConventions]Monitoring for other Union legislation or international agreements that contributes to the programme.OSP-CEMP
[Contracting Parties monitoring]

Which other countries are involved in practical implementation of this monitoring programme, and what is the degree of cooperation.

Joint data collection (multinational delivery using same platform)
[Contracting Parties supplying data]  
[Contracting Parties with an "opt out"]  
[Temporal scope]Start (and end) date of the programme.1994 - 9999
[Spatial scope]Spatial coverage of the programme according to the jurisdictional zones of marine waters.

Coastal waters (WFD)
Territorial waters
EEZ (or similar, e.g. Contiguous Zone, Fishing Zone, Ecological Protection Zone)
Continental shelf (beyond EEZ)

[Aggregation of Data]At which scale can the data from the sub-programme be aggregated for environmental assessments?Region
[MarineReportingUnit]Area(s) where the programme takes place.marineSubregion

[Monitoring Purpose]

Purpose of the programme aimed at collecting data and information.Environmental state and impacts
[MonitoringType]Type of monitoring (in-situ, remote sensing, etc.).In-situ sampling offshore
In-situ sampling coastal
[Indicator Metric]Feature(s) monitored (ecosystem components, pressures, activities).MamCetacSmall
[Elements]Element(s) monitored (e.g. species, habitats, contaminants).Globicephala melas
Grampus griseus
Hyperoodon ampullatus
Kogia breviceps
Kogia simus
Mesoplodon bidens
Mesoplodon densirostris
Mesoplodon europaeus
Mesoplodon mirus
Physeter macrocephalus
Ziphius cavirostris
Delphinus delphis
Globicephala macrorhynchus
Lagenorhynchus acutus
Lagenorhynchus albirostris
Orcinus orca
Phocoena phocoena
Pseudorca crassidens
Stenella coeruleoalba
Stenella frontalis
Steno bredanensis
Tursiops truncatus
[Element Monitored] Biological feature: marine mammals
[Parameter Measured]Parameter(s) monitored.ABU
[Monitoring Guidelines/Monitoring Method in place]Guidelines/protocols describing the method for monitoring.OTH
[MonitoringMethodOther]Guidelines/protocols describing the method for monitoring.SCANS II protocols for aerial and ship-board surveys ( ), photo-ID for coastal bottlenose dolphins
[Quality Assurance Procedures in Place]In addition to a specified method, is there any additional Quality Assurance used?Inherent in methodology and guidelines
[Quality Control]What type of Quality Control is used?Real and delayed validation
[Data submission Frequency (and deadline)]Frequency of the monitoring6-yearly
[Applicable MSFD GES Criteria]Indicator(s) to which the programme contributes.D1C2
[Data Depository]Link to where monitoring data can be accessed (Art. 19(3) 
[Data Custodian] TBC
[Assessment Guidelines]  
[Assessment tools available]  
[Nature of data] Product
BB2 - Cetacean Abundance and Distribution