Photo-identification in the Black Sea
INTENSIVE TRAINING ON CETACEAN PHOTO-IDENTIFICATION IN THE BLACK SEA
This project involved:
(a) Developing long-term photo-identification programme that could be similar to and joined with the EUROPHLUKES project. The collecting of cetacean (mainly bottlenose dolphin and common dolphin) images should be standardized, carried out on year-round basis and applied to the whole area of Black Sea cetaceans occurrence. This programme should be concordant with the basic cetacean surveys and accompanied with appropriate training and other capacity building activities.
(b) The photo-identification datasets established earlier (2003-2005) and arranged as initial “Black Sea Fins” cetacean identification catalogue should be replenished with new data/images, gained within above basin-wide activities, and then analysed in the aggregate for the entire Black Sea and adjacent waters including the Turkish Straits System and northern Aegean Sea of the Mediterranean. This analysis along with results of genetic study should provide new knowledge on population structure, migrations and aggregations (including seasonal accumulations) of Black Sea cetaceans.
(c) The photo-identification constituent should be incorporated in subsequent monitoring schemes covering the entire range of Black Sea cetaceans. The access to Black Sea photo-identification datasets and catalogues of identified individuals can be secured by means of periodical publishing of relevant data on CD-ROM as well as online on a specially dedicated web site.
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