Ongoing projects aquatic

Acoustic harbour porpoise monitoring 2020

In this project the ITAW assumes the acoustic examinations for the NPV as part of the conjoint marine mammal monitoring within the framework of the BLMP. (more information)

Assessment and establishment of a long term monitoring scheme on the burden of the marine environment and marine biota caused by marine debris

Information on the occurence of microplastics in top predator species of German waters are lacking. (more information)

Development, advancement and harmonisation of assessment approaches within the framework of MSFD and Habitats Directive as well as expert representation at BLANO, OSPAR, HELCOM and ICES

The implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EG, MSFD) aims to achieve a good environmental status (GES) of the European oceans until 2020. (more information)

Distribution, habitat use, health status and conservation of harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) in the Elbe and Weser rivers

Parts of the project are already done and data show the recent regular seasonally occurrence of harbour porpoises in the north German rivers Elbe and Weser during spring time when anadromous fish schoals migrate upstream to their spawning grounds.(more information)

Effects of underwater noise on grey seals and fish

The potential impacts of underwater noise on grey seals and fish are to be investigated with cooperation partners in several work packages. (further information)

Establishment of routine methods for the examination of the immune system of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina)(flow cytometry / health assessment )

The flow cytometer used in the present project is a FACS Calibur™ by Becton Dickinson Biosciences (San José, CA, USA).(more information)

Evaluation of bycatch and health condition of harbour porpoises

The project´s aim is to obtain an exact survey of the number of harbour porpoises found dead or bycaught.(more info)

grey seal development

This research project aims to investigate the health status and causes of death of grey seals dying in coastal waters of Schleswig-Holstein. (more information)

Influence of vibroseismic sound waves on the behaviour of large cetaceans

Aim of the project is to study the impact of synthetic generated marine vibrator (MV) signals on baleen whales.(more information)

Health assessment and death investigations of harbour porpoises

The harbour porpoises´ habitat in the North and Baltic Seas of Schleswig-Holstein is exposed to an increasing number of anthropogenic activities. (more information)

Heligoland grey seal evaluation and subsequent investigation of existing data for the support of planned management actions

The native grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) population developed increasingly positive. However, the positive population development also creates challenges from the management point of view. (more information)

Microplastics in marine mammals from German waters and improvement of sample storage

The pollution of the marine environment by marine debris is still increasing. (more information)

Monitoring of marine mammals findings 2020

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. (more information)

Monitoring of living pinnipeds 2020

Post-mortem monitoring of harbour seals

The seal population was substantially reduced in 1988/89 and 2002 by two seal epidemics caused by the Phocine distemper virus. Subsequent to the first seal die-off, a monitoring program was initiated. (more information)

Post mortem monitoring of small cetaceans

As part of this monitoring program causes of diseases and death in small cetaceans are investigated and changes over time are documented. (more information)

Pilot study for health investigations on Eurasian otters (Lutra lutra) in Schleswig-Holstein

The Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) has almost been exterminated in Schleswig-Holstein as well as major parts of the rest of Germany in the past century. Since the 1990s, the species is increasing again in this area due to official protection and habitat improvement. (more information)

Prevalence and molecular characterisation of lung nematodes of harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) and harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) (Parasite genetics)

Harbour porpoises and harbour seals from German waters show mixed infections with different species of lung nematodes belonging to the superfamily Metastrongyloidea, which often induce secondary bacterial infections and bronchopneumonia.(more info)

Quality assurance of data from environmental impact studies about legally protected good „marine mammals“ together with development of evaluation products in expert information network for environmental surveys, MARLIN

The joint research project aims to conduct the scientific accompaniment and support of the further operationalisation of the expert information network for environmental surveys of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency, MARLIN-Marine Life Investigator, in connection with the legally protected good „harbour porpoise“. (more information)

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

Marine top predators like sea birds and marine mammals are exposed to increasing stress due to anthropogenic activitie. Monitoring and assessments of the current status of marine vertebrates are required for their effective protection. (more information)

Tracking and investigations of harbour seals in the tidal Elbe

The aim of the project is to obtain information about the movements, habitat use and diving behavior of seals in the tidal Elbe from Hamburg to the estuary by means of telemetry. (more information)