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Observatoire Pelagis aerial surveys 2002-2021

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Description

Original provider: Observatoire PELAGIS UAR 3462 University La Rochelle - CNRS Dataset credits: Observatoire PELAGIS UMS 3462, University La Rochelle - CNRS -Agence des Aires Marines Protégées - Direction de l'Eau et de la Biodiversité Abstract: In order to establish a baseline map of cetaceans and other pelagic megafauna across the French EEZ, the French agency for marine protected areas (AAMP) decided to conduct a series of surveys allowing hotspots of abundance and diversity to be identified and a future monitoring scheme to be established. A dedicated aerial survey methodology, following standard protocols, was preferred to ship surveys. The general design corresponds to published protocols prepared for small cetaceans, but data for other marine mammals (large whales, sirenians), seabirds, sea-turtles, large teleosts and large elasmobranchs) are collected as well. Data collected include species, group size, angle to survey track for cetaceans located within 500m on both sides of survey track, allowing line transect data analyses. For seabirds all encounters located within 200m on both sides of survey track are recorded for strip-transect analysis. Covariates collected on board include sea-state, turbidity, glare and cloud coverage. The study areas include all sectors of the French EEZ: North-East Atlantic, the tropical Atlantic (French Caribbean and Guiana), Indian (Reunion Island, Mayotte and the Scattered Islands) and south Pacific oceans (French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna). These surveys follow the general SCANS methodology (Hiby and Lovell, 1998) adapted to aircrafts. A zigzag track layout is used and transects are sampled at a target altitude of 180 m and ground speed of 90 nm.h-1 (167 km.h-1). Survey platforms are high-wing, double-engine aircrafts fitted with bubble windows; a Partenavia P68 was used in 2008 in the Atlantic and two Britten Norman BN-2 in 2009-10 in the southwest Indian Ocean. Survey crew typically consists in two trained observers observing with naked eyes and a flight leader in charge of data collection. Purpose: In order to establish a baseline map of cetaceans and other pelagic megafauna across the French EEZ, it was decided to conduct a series of surveys from 2008 onwards following a standardized methodology that would allow comparisons within and between regions as well as temporally, for the sake of the identification of hotspots of abundance and diversity and the establishment of a future monitoring scheme. These surveys are named the REMMOA and SAMM surveys for REcensement des Mammifères marins et autre Mégafaune pélagique par Observation Aérienne (Census of marine mammals and other pelagic megafauna by aerial survey) and Suivi Aérien de la Megafaune Marine (Aerial survey for marine megafauna). Additionally, considering the fragmented nature of the French EEZ, notably compared to the spatial scale that is relevant for the species of interest, the implementation of these surveys at regional scale by collaboration with neighboring countries was encouraged. Supplemental information: [2022-01-18] Data in 2020 were appended. [2018-04-26] Data in 2016 and 2017 were appended. Time and group size of the sightings are not available online. They may be released upon request. There are records for plankton observations but these records are not visible online. The animals the provider identified as Sterninae spp were registered as Laridae spp. However, you can still see the original species identification online.

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Van Canneyt, O. 2022. Observatoire Pelagis aerial surveys 2002-2021. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/1404) on yyyy-mm-dd.

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Keywords

Occurrence,Marine Animal Survey,Marine Biology,Seabirds,Marine mammals,Sea turtles,Elasmobranchii,Visual Sighting,Aircraft; Observation; Occurrence

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Contacts

Hélène Peltier
  • Originator
Secondary contact
Observatoire PELAGIS, UMS 3462, University La Rochelle-CNRS
OBIS-SEAMAP
  • Metadata Provider
  • Distributor
Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, Duke University
A328 LSRC building
27708 Durham
NC
US
Olivier Van Canneyt
  • Owner
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Primary contact
Observatoire Pelagis UMS 3462, University La Rochelle - CNRS

Geographic Coverage

Global

Bounding Coordinates South West [-25.865, -180], North East [51.571, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

Scientific names are based on the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).

Phylum Cnidaria, Cnidaria
Superclass Osteichthyes (bony fishes), Osteichthyes (bony fishes), Osteichthyes (bony fishes), Osteichthyes (bony fishes), Osteichthyes (bony fishes), Osteichthyes (bony fishes), Osteichthyes (bony fishes)
Class Aves (Birds), Scyphozoa (jellyfish), Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fishes), Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fishes), Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fishes)
Subclass Elasmobranchii (cartilaginous fishes), Elasmobranchii (cartilaginous fishes), Elasmobranchii (cartilaginous fishes)
Superorder Euselachii
Order Cetacea (cetaceans), Cetacea (cetaceans), Cetacea (cetaceans), Falconiformes (Falcons), Cetacea (cetaceans), Cetacea (cetaceans), Cetacea (cetaceans), Cetacea (cetaceans), Passeriformes (Perching Birds), Passeriformes (Perching Birds), Rajiformes (rays), Ciconiiformes (Auks), Ciconiiformes (Auks), Cetacea (cetaceans), Cetacea (cetaceans), Cetacea (cetaceans)
Suborder Xiphioidei, Xiphioidei
Family Alcidae, Alcidae, Alcidae, Alcidae, Alcidae, Anatidae (Ducks), Anatidae (Ducks), Balaenopteridae (rorquals), Balaenopteridae (rorquals), Procellariidae (Fulmars), Procellariidae (Fulmars), Cheloniidae (Sea Turtles), Cheloniidae (Sea Turtles), Delphinidae (dolphins), Delphinidae (dolphins), Delphinidae (dolphins), Diomedeidae, Delphinidae (dolphins), Delphinidae (dolphins), Laridae (Gulls), Hydrobatidae, Hydrobatidae, Hydrobatidae, Hydrobatidae, Kogiidae, Kogiidae, Kogiidae, Delphinidae (dolphins), Laridae (Gulls), Laridae (Gulls), Laridae (Gulls), Laridae (Gulls), Charadriidae, Charadriidae, Hydrobatidae, Delphinidae (dolphins), Phocidae (earless seals), Phocidae (earless seals), Podicipedidae, Procellariidae (Fulmars), Procellariidae (Fulmars), Delphinidae (dolphins), Laridae (Gulls), Delphinidae (dolphins), Delphinidae (dolphins), Laridae (Gulls), Laridae (Gulls), Laridae (Gulls), Laridae (Gulls), Laridae (Gulls), Laridae (Gulls), Laridae (Gulls), Sulidae, Hyperoodontidae, Hyperoodontidae, Hyperoodontidae
Subfamily Scombrinae, Scombrinae, Scombrinae, Scombrinae
Genus Anous, Anous, Anous, Apus, Ardea, Onychoprion, Columba, Columba, Dasyatis (stingrays), Dasyatis (stingrays), Dasyatis (stingrays), Delphinus (common dolphins), Diomedea (Albatrosses), Egretta (Plumed Egrets), Egretta (Plumed Egrets), Fregata, Fregata, Gavia (Loons), Gavia (Loons), Gavia (Loons), Larus, Larus, Larus, Larus, Larus, Limicola (Broad-billed Sandpipers), Melanitta (Scoters), Melanitta (Scoters), Mergus (Greater Mergansers), Mergus (Greater Mergansers), Mesoplodon (beaked whales), Mesoplodon (beaked whales), Mesoplodon (beaked whales), Mobula (devil rays), Mobula (devil rays), Oceanites, Pelecanus, Phaethon, Phaethon, Phaethon, Phalacrocorax, Phalacrocorax, Podiceps, Podiceps, Podiceps, Pterodroma, Puffinus, Puffinus, Puffinus, Puffinus, Puffinus, Puffinus, Sphyrna (bonnethead sharks), Sphyrna (bonnethead sharks), Sphyrna (bonnethead sharks), Stenella (spinner dolphins), Stercorarius, Stercorarius, Stercorarius, Sterna, Onychoprion, Thalasseus, Sterna, Sula, Sula, Sula, Tursiops (bottlenose dolphins)
Species Aetobatus narinari (spotted eagle ray), Alopias vulpinus, Anous stolidus (Brown Noddy), Apus apus (Common Swift), Ardea cinerea (Gray Heron), Balaenoptera acutorostrata (Minke Whale), Balaenoptera bonaerensis (Antarctic Minke Whale), Balaenoptera edeni (Eden's whale), Balaenoptera musculus (Blue Whale), Balaenoptera omurai (Omurai's Whale), Balaenoptera physalus (Fin Whale), Branta bernicla (Brant), Calonectris diomedea (Cory's Shearwater), Carcharhinus longimanus (oceanic whitetip shark), Carcharodon carcharias (Great white shark), Stercorarius skua (Great Skua), Stercorarius skua (Great Skua), Cetorhinus maximus (basking shark), Chroicocephalus ridibundus (Common Black-headed Gull), Coryphaena hippurus (dolphinfish), Delphinus delphis (Short-beaked Common Dolphin), Dermochelys coriacea (Leatherback Sea Turtle), Dugong dugon (Dugong), Egretta garzetta (Little Egret), Feresa attenuata (Pygmy Killer Whale), Fregata ariel (Lesser Frigatebird), Fregata magnificens (Magnificent Frigatebird), Fregata minor (Great Frigatebird), Fulmarus glacialis (Northern Fulmar), Galeocerdo cuvier (tiger shark), Globicephala macrorhynchus (Short-finned Pilot Whale), Globicephala melas (Long-finned Pilot Whale), Grampus griseus (Risso's Dolphin), Procellaria cinerea (Pediunker), Gygis alba (Angel Tern), Halichoerus grypus (Atlantic gray seal), Hydrobates pelagicus (European Storm Petrel), Hydrocoloeus minutus (Little Gull), Ichthyaetus melanocephalus (Mediterranean Gull), Indopacetus pacificus (Longman's Beaked Whale), Lagenodelphis hosei (Fraser's Dolphin), Lagenorhynchus albirostris (White-beaked Dolphin), Lamna nasus (porbeagle), Larus argentatus (Herring Gull), Leucophaeus atricilla (Laughing Gull), Larus canus (Mew Gull), Larus fuscus (Lesser Black-backed Gull), Larus marinus (Great Black-backed Gull), Ichthyaetus melanocephalus (Mediterranean Gull), Larus michahellis (Yellow-legged Gull), Hydrocoloeus minutus (Little Gull), Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae (Silver Gull), Chroicocephalus ridibundus (Common Black-headed Gull), Manta birostris (Atlantic manta), Megaptera novaeangliae (Humpback Whale), Melanitta fusca (Velvet Scoter), Melanitta nigra (Black Scoter), Mesoplodon densirostris (Blainville's Beaked Whale), Mobula eregoodootenkee, Mobula mobular (giant devil ray), Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Morus bassanus (Northern Gannet), Morus bassanus (Northern Gannet), Orcinus orca (Killer Whale), Pelecanus occidentalis (Brown Pelican), Peponocephala electra (Melon-headed Whale), Phaethon aethereus (Red-billed Tropicbird), Phaethon lepturus (White-tailed Tropicbird), Phaethon rubricauda (Red-tailed Tropicbird), Phalacrocorax aristotelis, Phalacrocorax carbo (Great Cormorant), Physeter macrocephalus (Sperm Whale), Phocoena phocoena (Harbor Porpoise), Physeter macrocephalus (Sperm Whale), Podiceps cristatus (Great Crested Grebe), Prionace glauca (blue shark), Procelsterna cerulea (Blue Noddy), Pseudorca crassidens (False Killer Whale), Puffinus lherminieri (Audubon's Shearwater), Puffinus mauretanicus (Balearic Shearwater), Puffinus puffinus (Manx Shearwater), Rhincodon typus (whale shark), Rissa tridactyla (Black-legged Kittiwake), Somateria mollissima (Common Eider), Sotalia guianensis, Sousa chinensis (Chinese white dolphin), Stenella attenuata (Pantropical Spotted Dolphin), Stenella coeruleoalba (Striped Dolphin), Stenella longirostris (Spinner Dolphin), Steno bredanensis (Rough-toothed Dolphin), Stercorarius skua (Great Skua), Sterna albifrons (Little Tern), Sterna hirundo (Common Tern), Sterna maxima (Royal Tern), Thalasseus sandvicensis (Sandwich Tern), Morus bassanus (Northern Gannet), Sula dactylatra (Masked Booby), Sula leucogaster (Brown Booby), Sula sula (Red-footed Booby), Tadorna tadorna (Common Shelduck), Thalasseus maximus (Royal Tern), Tursiops truncatus (Common Bottlenose Dolphin), Xiphias gladius (Atlantic swordfish), Ziphius cavirostris (Cuvier's Beaked Whale)
Subspecies Gygis alba microrhyncha

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2002-08-03 / 2020-03-13

Project Data

No Description available

Title Observatoire Pelagis aerial surveys 2002-2021
Funding NA

The personnel involved in the project:

Hélène Peltier
  • Originator
Olivier Van Canneyt
  • Owner

Sampling Methods

NA

Study Extent NA

Method step description:

  1. NA

Collection Data

Collection Name zd_1404
Collection Identifier zd_1404
Parent Collection Identifier OBIS-SEAMAP

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Purpose In order to establish a baseline map of cetaceans and other pelagic megafauna across the French EEZ, it was decided to conduct a series of surveys from 2008 onwards following a standardized methodology that would allow comparisons within and between regions as well as temporally, for the sake of the identification of hotspots of abundance and diversity and the establishment of a future monitoring scheme. These surveys are named the REMMOA and SAMM surveys for REcensement des Mammifères marins et autre Mégafaune pélagique par Observation Aérienne (Census of marine mammals and other pelagic megafauna by aerial survey) and Suivi Aérien de la Megafaune Marine (Aerial survey for marine megafauna). Additionally, considering the fragmented nature of the French EEZ, notably compared to the spatial scale that is relevant for the species of interest, the implementation of these surveys at regional scale by collaboration with neighboring countries was encouraged.
Alternative Identifiers 96bb53c5-01ae-48fc-b5c2-26c549a50089
http://ipt.env.duke.edu/resource?r=zd_1404