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dc.contributor.authorPanigada, Simone
dc.contributor.authorLauriano, Giancarlo
dc.contributor.authorDonovan, Greg
dc.contributor.authorPierantonio, Nino
dc.contributor.authorCañadas, Ana
dc.contributor.authorVázquez, José Antonio
dc.contributor.authorBurt, Louise
dc.identifier.citationPanigada , S , Lauriano , G , Donovan , G , Pierantonio , N , Cañadas , A , Vázquez , J A & Burt , L 2017 , ' Estimating cetacean density and abundance in the Central and Western Mediterranean Sea through aerial surveys : implications for management ' , Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography , vol. 141 , pp. 41-58 .
dc.identifier.otherRIS: urn:285111478C5229D40C51B582643D6CFB
dc.descriptionThe equipment for data collection was that used during the EU LIFE Nature programme, project LIFE04NAT/GB/000245 project ‘‘Small Cetaceans in the European Atlantic and North Sea (SCANS-II)’’, funded in 2006.en
dc.description.abstractSystematic, effective monitoring of animal population parameters underpins successful conservation strategy and wildlife management, but it is often neglected in many regions, including much of the Mediterranean Sea. Nonetheless, a series of systematic multispecies aerial surveys was carried out in the seas around Italy to gather important baseline information on cetacean occurrence, distribution and abundance. The monitored areas included the Pelagos Sanctuary, the Tyrrhenian Sea, portions of the Seas of Corsica and Sardinia, the Ionian Seas as well as the Gulf of Taranto. Overall, approximately 48,000 km were flown in either spring, summer and winter between 2009–2014, covering an area of 444,621 km2. The most commonly observed species were the striped dolphin and the fin whale, with 975 and 83 recorded sightings, respectively. Other sighted cetacean species were the common bottlenose dolphin, the Risso's dolphin, the sperm whale, the pilot whale and the Cuvier's beaked whale. Uncorrected model- and design-based estimates of density and abundance for striped dolphins and fin whales were produced, resulting in a best estimate (model-based) of around 95,000 striped dolphins (CV=11.6%; 95% CI=92,900–120,300) occurring in the Pelagos Sanctuary, Central Tyrrhenian and Western Seas of Corsica and Sardinia combined area in summer 2010. Estimates were also obtained for each individual study region and year. An initial attempt to estimate perception bias for striped dolphins is also provided. The preferred summer 2010 uncorrected best estimate (design-based) for the same areas for fin whales was around 665 (CV=33.1%; 95% CI=350–1,260). Estimates are also provided for the individual study regions and years. The results represent baseline data to develop efficient, long-term, systematic monitoring programmes, essential to evaluate trends, as required by a number of national and international frameworks, and stress the need to ensure that surveys are undertaken regularly and at a sufficient spatial scale. The management implications of the results are discussed also in light of a possible decline of fin whales abundance over the period from the mid-1990s to the present. Further work to understand changes in distribution and to allow for improved spatial models is emphasized.
dc.relation.ispartofDeep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanographyen
dc.subjectGE Environmental Sciencesen
dc.subjectGC Oceanographyen
dc.titleEstimating cetacean density and abundance in the Central and Western Mediterranean Sea through aerial surveys : implications for managementen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Mathematics and Statisticsen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modellingen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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