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SCANS III; Survey for small cetacean in the North Sea, German contribution


Project leader: Prof. Prof. h. c. Dr. Ursula Siebert
Scientific work: Sacha Viquerat, Dr. Helena Herr
Project term: 01.08.2016 - 31.01.2018
Sponsorship: Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)
Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz Bau und Reaktorsicherheit
Projectcoordination: University of St Andrews, Scotland

Project description

The SCANS projects aim to acquire the abundance and distribution of small cetaceans in the North Sea and adjacent waters coordinately in regular intervals (approximately every 10 years). SCANS III (Small Cetaceans in European Atlantic waters and the North Sea) is the third synoptic assessment in European waters after SCANS I (1994) and SCANS II (2005). The assessment was conducted in July 2016 using three ships and seven airplanes, from which small cetaceans were recorded along defined transects. Results shall display the population, changes of frequency and distribution of marine mammals. Research institutes from France, Sweden, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain participate in this project.

The ITAW assumes the German part of the project conduct and ensures the coverage of German waters and the involvement of German scientists and institutions in the entire survey´s planning, performance and evaluation.
Gained results regarding the population development of small cetaceans shall serve the condition assessment at a European level in the context of the FFH-RL respectively the environmental status according to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The project is to be coordinated by the University of St Andrews.


Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research; Germany

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Sweden

Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO), Spain

Wageningen University&Marine Research, Netherlands

Joint Nature Conservation Committee, GB

Sociedade Portuguesa de Vida Selvagem, Portugal

ECOMARE res. centre for innov. and sustainability of the econ. of the sea, Portugal

Agence des aires marines protégées, France

Ministère de l'Environnement, de l'Énergie et de la Mer, France

Observatoire PELAGIS, France

Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France

Université de La Rochelle, France

Aarhus University, Denmark

Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark, Denmark

Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, Sweden


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University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research Werftstr. 6 25761 Büsum


Sacha Viquerat


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