Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

New ferry survey launched to monitor endangered whales and dolphins in the English Channel

24.07.2006
Marinelife, the West Country-based marine conservation research charity, has extended its whale and dolphin monitoring in the English Channel by working with Brittany Ferries on their Plymouth (UK) to Roscoff (France) route.

Marinelife, has been monitoring whales and dolphins in the English Channel continuously for the last 12 years. The surveys, which have chiefly been conducted from Portsmouth, have confirmed that the Western English Channel, although an incredibly busy area for shipping and fishing remains an important area for whales and dolphins. Minke Whales have returned to the waters in recent years, and other species present include the endangered Bottlenose Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise, both protected under the EU Habitats Directive.

Other species have also been seen in these waters, but little is known about whether these sightings are unusual or within their natural range. Sightings include Common Dolphin, Pilot Whale and Risso’s Dolphin, together with Basking Sharks which are often seen off Plymouth during the spring and summer months.

Dr Tom Brereton, Marinelife Research Director commented “We are excited about the new survey, as it will enable us to better monitor the changing status of whales and dolphins in the region. We hope that the new data will play an increasingly important role in helping to conserve these beautiful and charismatic animals, so beloved by the general public. We are a small charity, and the research would not be possible without the generous support of Brittany Ferries, for which we are extremely grateful”

Marinelife plans to run its whale and dolphin research trips from Brittany Ferries on a monthly basis and record the distribution, abundance and types of whales, dolphins, other marine life and birds present in these UK waters. This data can then be used to identify whale and dolphin hotspots, seasonal and annual movements and threats to the marine life including fishing by-catch, which accounts for a large proportion of the dead Common Dolphin washed up annually on the West Country coast, especially during the winter months.

Research on the Plymouth to Roscoff route commenced on Tuesday 13th June 2006, with sightings of endangered and protected Bottlenose Dolphin on the maiden research crossing. This helps to confirm the vital nature of further research in this busy area of ocean to aid in the conservation of marine mammals around the British Isles.

Adrian Shephard | alfa
Further information:
http://www.marine-life.org.uk/pressrelease/200606.html

More articles from Ecology, The Environment and Conservation:

nachricht Upcycling 'fast fashion' to reduce waste and pollution
03.04.2017 | American Chemical Society

nachricht Litter is present throughout the world’s oceans: 1,220 species affected
27.03.2017 | Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung

All articles from Ecology, The Environment and Conservation >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Making lightweight construction suitable for series production

More and more automobile companies are focusing on body parts made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). However, manufacturing and repair costs must be further reduced in order to make CFRP more economical in use. Together with the Volkswagen AG and five other partners in the project HolQueSt 3D, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) has developed laser processes for the automatic trimming, drilling and repair of three-dimensional components.

Automated manufacturing processes are the basis for ultimately establishing the series production of CFRP components. In the project HolQueSt 3D, the LZH has...

Im Focus: Wonder material? Novel nanotube structure strengthens thin films for flexible electronics

Reflecting the structure of composites found in nature and the ancient world, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have synthesized thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles that exhibit both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is about fifty times higher than copper films, currently used in electronics.

"The structural robustness of thin metal films has significant importance for the reliable operation of smart skin and flexible electronics including...

Im Focus: Deep inside Galaxy M87

The nearby, giant radio galaxy M87 hosts a supermassive black hole (BH) and is well-known for its bright jet dominating the spectrum over ten orders of magnitude in frequency. Due to its proximity, jet prominence, and the large black hole mass, M87 is the best laboratory for investigating the formation, acceleration, and collimation of relativistic jets. A research team led by Silke Britzen from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, has found strong indication for turbulent processes connecting the accretion disk and the jet of that galaxy providing insights into the longstanding problem of the origin of astrophysical jets.

Supermassive black holes form some of the most enigmatic phenomena in astrophysics. Their enormous energy output is supposed to be generated by the...

Im Focus: A Quantum Low Pass for Photons

Physicists in Garching observe novel quantum effect that limits the number of emitted photons.

The probability to find a certain number of photons inside a laser pulse usually corresponds to a classical distribution of independent events, the so-called...

Im Focus: Microprocessors based on a layer of just three atoms

Microprocessors based on atomically thin materials hold the promise of the evolution of traditional processors as well as new applications in the field of flexible electronics. Now, a TU Wien research team led by Thomas Müller has made a breakthrough in this field as part of an ongoing research project.

Two-dimensional materials, or 2D materials for short, are extremely versatile, although – or often more precisely because – they are made up of just one or a...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Expert meeting “Health Business Connect” will connect international medical technology companies

20.04.2017 | Event News

Wenn der Computer das Gehirn austrickst

18.04.2017 | Event News

7th International Conference on Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics in Freiburg on April 3-5, 2017

03.04.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

DGIST develops 20 times faster biosensor

24.04.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

Nanoimprinted hyperlens array: Paving the way for practical super-resolution imaging

24.04.2017 | Materials Sciences

Atomic-level motion may drive bacteria's ability to evade immune system defenses

24.04.2017 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>