Alnitak Cetaceans and Sea Turtles Surveys off Southern SpainEntry ID: seamap429
Abstract: This dataset, belonging as a whole to Alnitak, comprises the work carried out in the Alboran Sea and adjacent areas from 1990 to 2006, and it includes 3712 sightings of cetaceans and 306 sightings of sea turtles, during more than 31,000 nmi (more than 57,000 km) on searching effort.
Purpose: Alnitak is a non governmental non-profit association, founded in 1990 with the main aim of developing studies in cooperation with universities, environmental organisations and other institutions to increment our knowledge on the marine and coastal environment and thereby contribute to the biodiversity conservation strategies. Alnitak focuses most of its research efforts into providing baseline ... scientific data for the adoption of management measures that should make fisheries sustainability, economic development and biodiversity conservation compatible. For this reason, Alnitak and its researchers have participated in useful and important projects such as LIFE02NAT/E/8610, SCANS II, CODA and NECESSITY. The research team of Alnitak has wide experience in research fields such as: the bioacoustics applied to Acoustic Deterrent Devices (ADDs) and Acoustic Harassement Devices (AHDs) and especially in the development of playback experiments and the cetaceans reactions to them; the study of populations of sea turtles and in particular the monitoring of the bycatch in longline, data collection onboard fishing vessels, and experimental techniques on mitigation measures; and the study of cetacean populations, in particular their abundance and habitat preferences through spatial modelling, and their conservation problems. In this sense, Alnitak has been focusing during the last years in the development of Conservation Plans and the design of Marine Protected Areas, based on robust scientific data. In addition, there is a strong tradition of cooperation and synergy between the Alnitak team and the main European and international entities and programmes devoted to these issues (e.g. NOAA Fisheries, WIDECAST, SMRU, IWC, DIFRES, ACCOBAMS, EC, IEO Spain), the main stakeholders (e.g. the longlining fleet) and the competent authorities in Spain (Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Fisheries). Alnitak counts also with the research vessel Toftevaag, with which it has been carrying out the cetacean and sea turtles research for more than 15 years.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Time is in GMT. Several records do not have time recorded, which indicates the animal was seen far away and no contact was made.
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: ALNITAK
Dataset Title: Alnitak Cetaceans and sea turtles surveys off Southern Spain
Dataset Series Name: OBIS-SEAMAP
Dataset Release Date: 2007-11-19 13:40:07-05
Dataset Release Place: http://seamap.env.duke.edu
Dataset Publisher: OBIS-SEAMAP
Data Presentation Form: vector digital data
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Start Date: 1990-07-15Stop Date: 2006-11-20
Latitude Resolution: 0.000167
Longitude Resolution: 0.000167
Horizontal Resolution Range: 1 meter - < 30 meters
ISO Topic Category
Access Constraints Open public unless otherwise noted.
Use Constraints Not to use data contained in OBIS-SEAMAP in any publication, product, or commercial application without prior written consent of the original data provider. To cite both the data provider and OBIS-SEAMAP appropriately after approval of use is obtained. Also please refer to Distribution Liability.
Data Set Progress
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Cañadas, A., R. Sagarminaga, R. de Stephanis, E. Urquiola and P.S. Hammond. 2005. Habitat selection models as a conservation tool: proposal of marine protected areas for cetaceans in Southern Spain.
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 15:495-521.
Cañadas, A. and Hammond, P. 2006. Model-based abundance estimate of bottlenose dolphins off Southern Spain: implications for conservation and management. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management. 8(1):13-27
Cañadas, A. and Hammond, P.S. In press. Abundance and habitat preferences of the short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) in the South-western Mediterranean: implications for conservation. Endangered Species Research.
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2008-02-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2008-02-06