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Cetacean response to summer maritime traffic in the Western Mediterranean Sea
Campana, I.; Crosti, R.; Angeletti, D.; Carosso, L.; David, L.; Di Meglio, N.; Moulins, A.; Rosso, M.; Tepsich, P.; Arcangeli, A. (2015). Cetacean response to summer maritime traffic in the Western Mediterranean Sea. Mar. Environ. Res. 109: 1-8.
In: Marine Environmental Research. Applied Science Publishers: Barking. ISSN 0141-1136; e-ISSN 1879-0291, more
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Author keywords
    Maritime traffic; Cetaceans; Conservation measures; Monitoring; Mediterranean Sea

Authors  Top | Dataset 
  • Campana, I.
  • Crosti, R.
  • Angeletti, D.
  • Carosso, L.
  • David, L.
  • Di Meglio, N.
  • Moulins, A.
  • Rosso, M.
  • Tepsich, P.
  • Arcangeli, A.

    Maritime traffic is one of many anthropogenic pressures threatening the marine environment. This study was specifically designed to investigate the relationship between vessels presence and cetacean sightings in the high sea areas of the Western Mediterranean Sea region. We recorded and compared the total number of vessels in the presence and absence of cetacean sightings using data gathered during the summer season (2009–2013) along six fixed transects repeatedly surveyed. In locations with cetacean sightings (N = 2667), nautical traffic was significantly lower, by 20%, compared to random locations where no sightings occurred (N = 1226): all cetacean species, except bottlenose dolphin, were generally observed in locations with lower vessel abundance. In different areas the species showed variable results likely influenced by a combination of biological and local environmental factors. The approach of this research helped create, for the first time, a wide vision of the different responses of animals towards a common pressure.

  • CET_FLT_CBAR_14-18: Presence of cetacean species collected through Fixed-Line-Transect monitoring across the Western Mediterranean Sea (Civitavecchia-Barcelona route) between 2014 and 2018, more

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