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Estimation of human impact on small cetaceans of the black sea and the elaboration of appropiate conservation measures

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Reference no: P101/EU5
Period: February 1997 till April 1999
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Conservation (organisms); Man-induced effects; Marine biology; Mortality; Offshore; Pathology; Population dynamics
Taxonomic terms: Delphinus delphis Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]; Phocoena phocoena (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 1821) [WoRMS]
Geographical term: MED, Black Sea [Marine Regions]

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  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Vakgroep Biologie; Laboratorium voor Ecotoxicologie en Polaire Ecologie (ETOX), more, co-ordinator

The three small cetacean species of the Black Sea: common dolphin Delphinus delphis, bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus and harbour porpoise Phocoena phocoena were severely reduced by active (legal and illegal) killing. The level of their populations is very low, and all three species are considered as endangered in the Black Sea.

The aim of this Joint Research Project is to collect dead animals carcasses, both stranded and bycaught, and to study them as completely as possible, in order to determine the causes of mortality and the health status of the populations. The East European partners (Ukraine, partner no 2 and coordinator of the field work, Bulgaria, no 4 and Georgia, no 5) will care for systematic sampling along the coasts and, when possible, on the fishing grounds. Species, sex and age will be determined, as well as basic laboratory determinations 'histopathology, cytology, parasitology, bacteriology, mycology, microalogology; partner no 2). The West European partners are responsible for the ecotoxicology (Belgium, partner no 1 and general coordinator) and pathology (Germany , no 3).

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