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Aerial Surveys of Harbour Seals in the Wadden Sea in 2008

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In 2008 the surveys to monitor developments in the harbour seal Phoca vitulina population in the entire Wadden Sea were trilaterally coordinated according to the Seal Management Plan. In Denmark, a new survey team was installed under careful instructions from the former survey team. In addition, a member of the former team took part of the first aerial count in 2008 to secure consistency. Like in other areas, counts in Denmark are done using a digital camera, allowing post hoc quality assurance.

 

Authors:

Trilateral Seal Expert Group (TSEG)
Sophie M.J.M. Brasseur and Peter J.H., Reijnders, IMARES, Texel, The Netherlands
Thomas Borchardt, National Park Schleswig-Holstein, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Ursula Siebert, FTZ-Büsum der Universität Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Michael Stede and Sven Ramdohr, LAVES Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen, Germany
Lasse Fast Jensen, Fiskeri- og Søfartmuseet, Esbjerg, Denmark
Jonas Teilman and Jacob Tougaard, National Environmental Research Institute, Aarhus University, Denmark

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