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Whale Collision Survey - You Can Help

By Sue Richards — last modified Jul 07, 2008 02:45 PM

Published: 2008-07-07 14:45:00
Topics: Environment

Collisions between ships and cetaceans (whales and dolphins) are increasing around the world and several whale populations are under massive threat due to a high collision risk in some areas such as the US East Coast, the Mediterranean and around the Canary Islands. However, information on these collisions is scarce, especially for incidents involving sailing vessels.

About this Survey
Marine biologist Fabian Ritter, working for the non-profit organisation MEER, is investigating reports of collisions and near miss events between sailing vessels and cetaceans.

MEER would like to invite all sailors around the world to provide information on any whale/dolphin collisions or near misses during their sailing careers.

You can log your report here (reports may be given anonymously).

This research is purely scientific and all information gathered will be used to:
a) understand the reasons and causes of collisions, and
b) help reduce the risk of collisions, both for sailors and for cetaceans.

About MEER
M.E.E.R. e.V. is a non-profit association based in Berlin, Germany which runs the project M.E.E.R. La Gomera, Canary Islands. The Association’s objectives are the promotion of environmental protection through scientific research and public education, particularly concerning cetaceans and their natural habitats and the study of peaceful encounters between man, whales and dolphins.

The MEER research project will run on until the end of 2008.