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West Freezer SCANS II

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)West Freezer (26WF)
Cruise identifierSCANS II
Cruise period2005-06-29 — 2005-07-27
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom
ObjectivesThe objective of the SCANS survey is to estimate small cetacean abundance in European Atlantic waters. SCANS I in 1994 focussed on the North Sea and adjacent waters, while SCANS II had a broader scope including all Europeans territorial waters. Both surveys were a combination of line transect shipboard and aerial surveys. They were financed by the EU commission LIFE programme as well as the countries involved in the project. The information on cetacean abundance is essential to assess the impact of bycatch in fishing gear and other anthropogenic threats and as input to management actions to ensure the favourable conservation status of small cetacean species.
Chief scientistPhilip Hammond (Sea Mammal Research Unit)
Cruise reportWest Freezer SCANS II cruise report westfreezer_scansii.pdf — access key 'C' (0.96 MB) 
NPRCWest Freezer SCANS II NPRC westfreezer_scansii.pdf (0.20 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificNorthern North Sea delimited by the Orkneys and Shetland and the Norwegian coast and bounded by 2°15’37 W and 6°55’23 E longitude, and 62°10’18 N and 57°37’2 N latitude.