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Cetacean aerial survey in the Azov Sea 2001

Data holding centreFlanders Marine Institute
CountryBelgium  Belgium
Time periodJuly 2001
Geographical area

Azov Sea. Surface of the sea along 23 parallel tracklines predetermined at regular 15-km intervals according to the direction SE127˚─NW307˚.


Cetacean abundance


Aerial surveying the distribution, abundance and species composition of cetaceans in the Azov Sea and Kerch Strait (Azovka-2001). Sightings of cetaceans: harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena relicta) and bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus ponticus). On high-winged twin-engine amphibian aeroplane CHE-25M.

OriginatorsBREMA Laboratory

Birkun A., Jr. (2008) The state of cetacean populations. Pp. 365-399 in: State of the Environment of the Black Sea: 2001-2006/7 (Ed. by T. Oguz). BSC Publ., Istanbul, Turkey, 448 p., ; Birkun A., Jr., Glazov D., Krivokhizhin S., Mukhametov L. (2003) Distribution and abundance estimates of cetaceans in the Azov Sea, Kerch Strait and northeastern shelf area of the Black Sea: Results of aerial surveys in July 2001 and August 2002. 55th Meet. IWC Scientific Committee (Berlin, 26 May – 6 June 2003), SC/55/SM15, 9 p., ; Birkun A., Jr., Glazov D., Krivokhizhin S., Mukhametov L. (2002) Distribution and abundance of cetaceans in the Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait: Results of aerial survey (July 2001). Pp. 317-320 in: European Research on Cetaceans ─ 16. Proc. 16th Ann. Conf. ECS, Liege, Belgium, 7-11 April 2002 (Eds. P.G.H. Evans, C.H. Lockyer, L. Buckingham and T. Jauniaux). European Cetacean Society, Kiel, Germany. 380 p., ; Birkun A., Jr., Glazov D., Krivokhizhin S., Mukhametov L. (2002) Premiere surveillance aerienne des cetaces dans la mer d’Azov et le detroit de Kerch. First aerial surveys of cetaceans in the Azov Sea and Kerch Strait. Bull. ACCOBAMS, 4:25–27., ; Notarbartolo di Sciara G., Birkun A., Jr. (2010) Conserving whales, dolphins and porpoises in the Mediterranean and Black Seas: an ACCOBAMS status report, 2010. ACCOBAMS, Monaco. 212 p., ; Krivokhizhin S.V. (2009) State of cetacean populations in the waters of Ukraine. PhD thesis, Institute of Biology of Southern Seas, Sevastopol, Ukraine. 228 p. (In Russian)., ; Birkun A.A., Jr., Frantzis A. (2008) Phocoena phocoena ssp. relicta. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. <>,

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OrganisationFlanders Marine Institute
ContactLeen Vandepitte

Flanders Marine Institute
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Telephone+32 59 34 21 30
Facsimile+32 59 34 21 31
Collating centreInstitute of Biology of the Southern Seas, NAS of Ukraine
Local identifierIBSS17
Global identifier5762
Last revised2011-07-27