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Monitoring of marine mammal carcass recovery through report forms

Project data

Project leader: Prof. Prof. h. c. Dr. Ursula Siebert
Contact person: Dr. Abbo van Neer
Project term: April 2015 until March 2020
Sponsorship: LKN, Tönning

Project description


Marine mammal research in Büsum started after the first phocine distemper virus epidemic in 1988/1989. The scientists aim to investigate marine mammal ecology and physiology as well as to evaluate human impacts on the animals, their health and population. The investigations focus on the entire German areas of the North and Baltic Sea. Scientific foci concentrate on research regarding health (e.g. infectious diseases and zoonoses), behaviour, habitat utilisation (e.g. telemetry and acoustic monitoring), population trends (e.g. counts during flight surveys) and effects of anthropogenic impacts on marine mammals. Dead and living marine mammals are investigated in the context of research projects and monitoring programs and there is a direct contact with the stranding network and seal hunters. The quality of the registration forms provided by the seal hunters can be verified and improved on the basis of necropsies of collected animals.

Within the scope of this project not yet recorded registration forms from the seal hunters shall be digitalised and transferred into a database in order to link them with standardly recorded data from dead animal monitoring. This enables a more comprehensive and objective evaluation of the native marine mammal population status. On that point, more complex assessments can be conducted than before and the gained results can be used consequently by responsible authorities for the advancement of existing management plans.



Contact person

Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research

Werftstr. 6
25761 Büsum


Abbo van Neer


Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover
Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research
Werftstr. 6
25761 Büsum
Tel.:+49 511 856-8162
Fax.:+49 511 856-8181
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