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OceanCare cetacean sightings in Sicily, Italy 2016-2019
Frey, S. 2019. OceanCare cetacean sightings in Sicily, Italy 2016-2019. .
Contact: Frey, Silvia ;

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This dataset comprises the work carried out by OceanCare in the waters east and north of Sicily, Italy between 2016-2019. The project was dedicated to survey cetacean populations in these waters. Cetacean spatial and temporal distribution is studied using boat-based surveys. 


Original provider: OceanCare 

Dataset credits: Silvia Frey, OceanCare 

Purpose: OceanCare is a non-profit and non-governmental organization founded in 1989 in Switzerland. The organization is dedicated to the protection of marine mammals and the conservation of the marine environment. The association works at national and international level in the areas of whaling, industrial fishing, environmental changes, seal hunting, dolphin captivity, and cetacean research. OceanCare has the Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and is a partner of the UNEP/CMS Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS). With this cetacean monitoring project OceanCare provides long-term data on cetacean abundance in the Mediterranean Sea.

Marine/Coastal, Marine biology, Marine mammals, Occurrence, Balaenoptera physalus (Linnaeus, 1758), Globicephala melas (Traill, 1809), Physeter macrocephalus Linnaeus, 1758, Stenella coeruleoalba (Meyen, 1833), Steno bredanensis (G. Cuvier in Lesson, 1828), Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 1821), Ziphius cavirostris Cuvier, 1823

Temporal coverage
27 June 2016 - 26 September 2019

Taxonomic coverage
Balaenoptera physalus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Globicephala melas (Traill, 1809) [WoRMS]
Physeter macrocephalus Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]
Stenella coeruleoalba (Meyen, 1833) [WoRMS]
Steno bredanensis (G. Cuvier in Lesson, 1828) [WoRMS]
Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 1821) [WoRMS]
Ziphius cavirostris Cuvier, 1823 [WoRMS]

KYMA sea conservation & researchdata ownerdata creator
Frey, Silvia
Duke University; Marine Geospatial Ecology Labdataset publisher
Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area (Accobams)proposer
Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS)proposer

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Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Release date: 2021-04-23
Metadatarecord created: 2023-04-04
Information last updated: 2024-04-10
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