Cruise inventory

Mars Chaser CODA

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)Mars Chaser (SVMC)
Cruise identifierCODA
Cruise period2007-07-02 — 2007-08-03
StatusCompleted
Port of departureOban, United Kingdom
Port of returnOban, United Kingdom
PurposeResearch
ObjectivesEstimate cetacean abundance in offshore European Atlantic waters to provide information that can be used in a management framework to assess the impact of bycatch and recommend safe bycatch limits for common dolphin. Other objectives are to investigate habitat preferences for common dolphins and other species and to obtain information on distribution and abundance of sperm whales and other deep diving species to contribute to our understanding of the impact of industrial and military seismic and sonar activities.

Cruise objectives

1. To map summer distribution of common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, deep diving whales and other cetaceans in offshore waters of the European Atlantic
2. To estimate abundance of common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, sperm whales and other species, as data allow, in offshore waters of the European Atlantic
3. To develop further the management framework developed under project SCANS-II to assess the impact of bycatch on small cetaceans and to calculate safe bycatch limits for common dolphins.
4. To investigate habitat preferences of common dolphin and other species, as data allow, in offshore waters of the European Atlantic
Chief scientistPhilip Hammond (Sea Mammal Research Unit)
ProjectCetacean Offshore Distribution and Abundance (CODA)
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralBay of Biscay
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificWestern Europe.