Management of Sensitive Habitats for Protected Vertebrates in Irish Waters

Management of Sensitive Habitats for Protected Vertebrates

Project Title: Management of Sensitive Habitats for Protected Vertebrates in Irish Waters (ObSERVE)

Researchers: Prof Emer Rogan (School of BEES & ERI) & Dr Mark Jessopp (MaREI Centre, ERI)

T: 021 490 4645 / 021 470 3133

E: e.rogan@ucc.ie / m.jessopp@ucc.ie

Funding Body: Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources (DCENR)

Project Type: Research

Period: May 2015 – March 2018

 

Project Description:

The ObSERVE Aerial project is a joint programme between MaREI, ERI and the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Science, UCC. The three-year programme will undertake extensive aerial surveys in Irish offshore waters and improve knowledge of protected seabird and mammal occurrence, habitat and population ecology. Surveys are being conducted in the Irish Sea, Celtic Sea and Atlantic Ocean, including out to the deep waters of the continental shelf edge. Data will be used to generate abundance estimates of key cetacean species as well as identify important areas for marine mammals and seabirds at sea. The project is funded by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) in collaboration with the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht. 

Environmental Research Institute

University College Cork, Lee Road, Cork

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