RESEARCH - CETACEANS DISTRIBUTION ALONG GALICIAN COAST

 

Current studies by the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI research team principally focus on the cetacean species frequenting the inshore waters of the outer Arousa Firth, however, a new area like Galician coastal waters (north-west Spain) offers us to also take on new projects and a more diverse range of issues and species. These waters are characterized by high biodiversity and productive fisheries, supported by nutrient input due to upwelling. Twenty species of cetaceans have been recorded in Galician waters, of which the most abundant appear to be short-beaked common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. Other species present in the area include harbour porpoises, Risso’s dolphins and long-finned pilot whale. Conservation issues for cetaceans in Galician waters include interactions with fisheries, which may be a significant
cause of mortality, overfishing, and oil spills. Hence, the information collected will inform conservation plans by identifying coastal areas of high importance to cetaceans.

 

This research is conducted under a Research Permit issued by the Department of Environment of the Galician Goverment as part of our cooperation with the CEMMA (national networking for the study of marine mammals). Each year the Institute reports to CEMMA detailing the data collected and results obtained under the permit, prior to having a new permit issued. 

 

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