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

Project coordinator / institution in charge:


ACCOBAMS Priority number (VIEW):


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.

Species:


  • 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

Ongoing project:


Yes

Main research platform/facility:


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