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Research subject/title:
Distribution and abundance of cetaceans in the Strait of Messina

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Project description:
Project is funded to Tethys Research Institute by company involved in the potential building of a bridge across the Strait. The study involves: (a) 144 days of survey in one year to determine distribution, use of habitat and group size of the different species observed; (b) four line-transect surveys in a year (one per season) to assess population sizes of cetacean species observed.


  • Tursiops truncatus
  • Stenella coeruleoalba
  • Physeter macrocephalus
  • Grampus griseus
  • Balaenoptera physalus

Study area:

Strait of Messina and adjacent waters

Geographic Area:

  • Tyrrhenian Sea
  • Ionian Sea

ACCOBAMS subregion:

  • Western Mediterranean and Contiguous Atlantic Area
Year beginning: 2005Year end: 2006

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Principal investigator:

Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara

Investigator email:

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Project team:

Simone Panigada, Margherita Zanardelli, Giovanna Pesante, Marina Costa, Federico Bendinoni, Stefano Agazzi

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