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TopMarine: Recording of marine top predators in the North and Baltic Seas as basis for trends, indicators and assessments

Project data

Project leader: Prof. Prof. h. c. Dr. Ursula Siebert
Scientific work: Dominik Nachtsheim, Dr. Bianca Unger, Dr. Anita Gilles, Nadya Carolina Ramirez-Martinez
Project term: August 2017 until May 2021
Sponsorship: BfN
Cooperation: CAU Kiel
German Oceanographic Museum Foundation, Stralsund (DMM)

Project description

Marine top predators like sea birds and marine mammals are exposed to increasing stress due to anthropogenic activities like fishery, extension of offshore windfarms, shipping traffic, marine pollution et cetera. Monitoring and assessments of the current status of marine vertebrates are required for their effective protection and a reasonable conservation area management. The research results shall serve as a groundwork for the implementation of the Natura 2000 report duties and the regional marine agreement OSPAR, the Helsinki Convention as well as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Report requirements for the German North and Baltic Seas especially concern sea birds, marine mammals and fish. The basis of research are the repeated large-scale assessments of sea bird and marine mammal distribution planned here in the German North and Baltic Seas, especially in key seasons and areas. These surveys, conducted with standardised methods, provide data and information about space-time patterns and spatial use of sea birds and marine mammals in the North Sea and Baltic ecosystems.
The task spectrum will be divided into subject-specific subtasks and scientifically transacted by subcompanies with respectively required skills. Monitoring and evaluation of marine mammals are conducted by the ITAW. Data about the distribution and density of marine mammals are collected regularly using standardised assessments achieved by aerial surveys. This project reverts to research results generated in the past few years and continues the tasks with extended parameters.
The results of this project shall serve as scientific basis for the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in order to perform the demands of the Natura 2000 and MSFD report duties and the regional marine agreement OSPAR, the Helsinki Convention as well as further enforcement tasks (e.g. the evaluation of anthropogenic interferences) in the EEZ.

Contact person

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

 

Dominik Nachtsheim

 

Tel.:+49 511 856-8159

Fax.:+49 511 856-8181

 

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Anschrift
Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover
Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research
Werftstr. 6
25761 Büsum
Kontakt
Tel.:+49 511 856-8159
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