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[ 18.06.2019 ] Training on aerial survey of cetaceans
First large-scale survey of cetaceans in the Black Sea covering waters of 4 Black Sea countries is starting.

This is the first project in the Black Sea with such massive participation. Two aircrafts of Action Air (France) will fly simultaneously starting from Ukraine and Turkey following pre-defined transects collecting data on distribution of cetaceans, birds, fish, marine traffic and other human activities, even marine litter. Air spaces over the Black Sea of Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and eventually Georgia will be covered. Data expected to be collected will be used to fill scarce information available to science on distribution and abundance of Black Sea cetaceans and state of the marine ecosystem as a whole, source of so many important resources to us humans, national and cross-border expertise for effective monitoring of marine noise will be increased.

Beginning was on 12 June 2019 in Tulcea, Romania – capital of largest European wetland Danube delta – where 11 experts from all Black Sea countries have participated in the training organized by Mare Nostrum NGO and ACCOBAMS Secretariat on aerial surveys of cetaceans and data collection in dedicated software. Trainers were leading cetaceans’ experts - Simone Panigada, scientific coordinator of survey and Lea David, expert from EcoOcean, France with long experience in aerial surveys of cetaceans, sea birds and marine litter.

Within the training 4 flights were made to provide first-hand experience for the experts on situation during flight, complying to field protocol, challenges encountered and ways to overcome these.
After the end of the training period both teams of experts from Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Turkey took their starting positions for launching the line transect aerial survey.

Final results will support the competent authorities in application of MSFD in Bulgaria and Romania as well as promote the Directive’s goals in neighbouring countries that are non-EU members with the aim to improve coordination among Black Sea countries and harmonization of monitoring techniques.

CeNoBS project is co-funded by the European Union.

For additional information:
Dimitar Popov, Mob. 0885108712; e-mail: dpopov@greenbalkans.org




  • The impressive delta of Danube River. The impressive delta of Danube River.
  • Instruction of the experts before the training flights. Instruction of the experts before the training flights.
  • Trainers were leading cetaceans’ experts. Trainers were leading cetaceans’ experts.
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  • 4 flights were made to provide first-hand experience for the experts. 4 flights were made to provide first-hand experience for the experts.
  • 4 flights were made to provide first-hand experience for the experts. 4 flights were made to provide first-hand experience for the experts.
  • 4 flights were made to provide first-hand experience for the experts. 4 flights were made to provide first-hand experience for the experts.
  • 4 flights were made to provide first-hand experience for the experts. 4 flights were made to provide first-hand experience for the experts.




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