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Monitoring of marine mammal findings 2020


Project leader: Prof. Prof. h. c. Dr. Ursula Siebert
Scientist: Dr. Stephanie Groß
Dr. Abbo van Neer
Projekt term: April 2020 until March 2024
Sponsorship: Schleswig-Holstein Agency for Coastal Defence, National Park and Marine Conservation (LKN), Tönning

Project description

The Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research (ITAW) of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, is unique throughout Europe and the world in certain areas with its locally conducted research. Scientific research focuses on investigation of health (e.g. infectious diseases and zoonoses), behaviour, habitat utilisation (e.g. by telemetry and acoustic monitoring), population trends (e.g. by flight surveys) as well as anthropogenic impacts on marine mammals. The generation and maintenance of marine mammal databases on national and international level is an important focus of work, likewise the statistical evaluation with subsequent modelling in order to answer current research questions.

Investigations of dead and alive marine mammals are performed within the framework of research projects and monitoring programs and a direct contact is maintained with the stranding network and seal rangers. The quality of the marine mammal registration forms developed by the ITAW, supplied by the seal rangers with each animal, can be verified and refined on the basis of necropsies of these collected marine mammals. Every registration form of marine mammals found at the coasts of Schleswig-Holstein completed by the seal rangers will be digitalised and transferred into a database in the context of this project. These data will be pooled annually and analysed in order to assess trends of strandings for the three native marine mammal species as well as to evaluate potential causes. Furthermore, these data will be blended regularly with data of animals investigated at the ITAW. This facilitates a more comprehensive and more objective assessment of the native marine mammal population status. On that point, more complex scientific evaluations can be conducted than before and the gained results can be used directly by responsible authorities for the advancement of existing management plans.


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Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover
Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research
Werftstr. 6
25761 Büsum


Dr. Stephanie Groß

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Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover
Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research
Werftstr. 6
25761 Büsum
Tel.:+49 511 856-8163
Fax.:+49 511 856-8181
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