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Observatoire Pelagis boat surveys 2003-2016
Doremus, G. 2016. Observatoire Pelagis boat surveys 2003-2015. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP ( on yyyy-mm-dd.
Contact: Doremus, Ghislain

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Original provider: Observatoire PELAGIS UMS 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: Since 2003, the Observatoire PELAGIS (La Rochelle University) participated to annual halieutic surveys, led by the IFREMER, to collect data on the distribution of marine top predators in order to estimate their relative abundance and preferred habitats in the Bay of Biscay, the Channel and the North Sea. more

Each year, three observers take place on board the vessel “Thalassa” to record sightings of seabirds, marine mammals, large fish and fishing boats, from dawn to dusk. Following distance sampling methods, visual censuses are made by two observers (while the third observer is resting) from the upper platform of the boat (min. 14m above the sea level). They are placed on each side of the deck, looking ahead for marine predator with an angle of 180°. For each sighting, the species and the number of individuals are recorded, as well as the behaviour, distance and angle (upon request). Purpose: One of the main advantages of this survey lays in its ecosystemic approach, which provides information on all the components of the food web (from planktonic organisms to predators) as well as data on the environmental parameters (sea surface temperature, salinity…). Interactions between prey and predators are complex in marine ecosystems, which are submitted to strong spatio-temporal variations. Thanks to ecosystem-based surveys, observed distributions and densities of marine predators can be related to the occurrence of their prey, providing to scientists and managers a better understanding of the marine ecosystems structure. Supplemental information: [2017-01-05] sighting records in 2016 were appended. Time and group size of the sightings are not available online. They may be released upon request.

Biology > Birds, Biology > Fish, Biology > Invertebrates
Marine/Coastal, Marine ecology, Marine mammals, research vessel, Sea birds, Sea turtles, self-propelled small boat, Thalassa, AE, North Atlantic, ANE, English Channel, ANE, North Sea, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, ISW, Mozambique Channel, Aves, Cetacea, Cnidaria, Pisces

Geographical coverage
AE, North Atlantic [Marine Regions]
ANE, English Channel [Marine Regions]
ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: -11,1935; MinLat: -25,6128 - MaxLong: 47,3583; MaxLat: 55,28 [WGS84]
ISW, Mozambique Channel [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
29 May 2003 - 16 November 2016

Taxonomic coverage
Aves [WoRMS]
Cetacea [WoRMS]
Cnidaria [WoRMS]
Pisces [WoRMS]

Université de La Rochelle; Observatoire Pelagis (UMS 3462)data creator
Peltier, Hélène
Doremus, Ghislain

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Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2017-10-03
Information last updated: 2024-04-10
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