Cetacean boat survey in the northwestern shelf area of the Black Sea in 2004

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Data holding centreFlanders Marine Institute
CountryBelgium  Belgium
Time periodSeptember 2004
Geographical area

Northwestern shelf area of the Black Sea. Marine environment sampled - surface of the sea along three tracklines designed within the Exclusive Economic Zone of Ukraine in the northwestern Black Sea


Cetacean abundance


Sightings of cetaceans: harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena relicta), common dolphins (Delphinus delphis ponticus) and bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus ponticus). Project: Distribution, abundance and photo-identification of cetaceans in the northwestern shelf waters of the Black Sea (Afalina-2004). The project was implemented by the Brema Laboratory in collaboration with the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Science (Moscow) and with financial support from the Utrishsky Dolphinarium Ltd (Moscow). The preparation of survey was ensured in cooperation with L. Mukhametov. The observations of cetaceans have been conducted with assistance from O. Shpak, E. Nazarenko, A. Stanenis, E. Birkun and A. Zanin. On vessel: cruising yacht "Peter the Great"

OriginatorsBREMA Laboratory

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., Jr (2006) Cetaceans (Cetacea). Pp. 314-332 in: Y.P. Zaitsev et al. (Eds.), The North-Western Black Sea: Biology and Ecology. Naukova Dumka, Kiev, 703 p. (In Russian)., Y.P. Zaitsev et al.

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OrganisationFlanders Marine Institute
ContactLeen Vandepitte

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Collating centreInstitute of Biology of the Southern Seas, NAS of Ukraine
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Global identifier5766
Last revised2011-07-27