Preliminary results of the Mediterranean synoptic survey sightings, along the aerial and vessel transects, for cetaceans, megafauna and marine litters

While the aerial and vessel based surveys are still ongoing in the Eastern Med, here are the preliminary results of observations along the transects already covered.

In the framework of the ACCOBAMS Survey Initiative, aimed at improving the understanding of the conservation status of cetaceans at the Mediterranean/Black Sea macroregional level, the first synoptic survey of the whole Mediterranean Sea is ongoing since June 2018. It is carried out by combining aerial- and vessel-based visual survey methods and passive acoustic monitoring (PAM), following a harmonized scientific methodology.

Five Research Vessels, eight aircrafts and nearly a hundred observers from all the Mediterranean countries having received a specific training, have been surveying the whole Mediterranean during the months of June and July, to collect data on cetaceans’ population distribution and abundance but also on other threatened megafauna species, e.g., sea turtles and sea birds. Marine litter from 40 cm size were also surveyed from planes.

Following are the very preliminary results

RESULTS FOR LARGE AND SMALL CETACEANS

RESULTS FOR MEGAFAUNA

RESULTS FOR MARINE LITTER : AN ISSUE OF REAL CONCERN