Distribution and habitat use of a cryptic small cetacean, the Burmeister’s porpoise, monitored from a small-scale fishery platform

Clay, Thomas A.; Mangel, Jeffrey C.; Alfaro-Shigueto, Joanna; Hodgson, David J.; Godley, Brendan J.
Frontiers in Marine Science (2018)

There is widespread evidence that small-scale fisheries (SSF) bycatch threatens many populations of small cetaceans, yet conservation efforts are often limited by a lack of basic knowledge regarding their abundance,…


Oceanic movements, site fidelity and deep diving in harbour porpoises from Greenland show limited similarities to animals from the North Sea

Nielsen, N. H.; Teilmann, J.; Sveegaard, S.; Hansen, R. G.; Sinding, M. H. S.; Dietz, R.; Heide-Jørgensen, M. P.
Marine Ecology Progress Series (2018)

Harbour porpoises Phocoena phocoena are common in continental shelf areas of the North Atlantic, but little information is available on their occurrence outside coastal areas. In this study, 30 harbour…


Diurnal variation in harbour porpoise detection – Potential implications for management

Williamson, L. D.; Brookes, K. L.; Scott, B. E.; Graham, I. M.; Thompson, P. M.
Marine Ecology Progress Series (2017)

Robust information on animal distributions and foraging behaviour is required to target management and conservation measures for protected species and populations. Visual survey data are commonly used to model these…


Year-round spatiotemporal distribution of harbour porpoises within and around the Maryland wind energy area

Wingfield, Jessica E.; O’Brien, Michael; Lyubchich, Vyacheslav; Roberts, Jason J.; Halpin, Patrick N.; Rice, Aaron N.; Bailey, Helen
PLOS ONE (2017)

Offshore windfarms provide renewable energy, but activities during the construction phase can affect marine mammals. To understand how the construction of an offshore windfarm in the Maryland Wind Energy Area…


Habitat-based density models for three cetacean species off southern California illustrate pronounced seasonal differences

Becker, Elizabeth A.; Forney, Karin A.; Thayre, Bruce J.; Debich, Amanda J.; Campbell, Gregory S.; Whitaker, Katherine; Douglas, Annie B.; Gilles, Anita; Hoopes, Ryan; Hildebrand, John A.
Frontiers in Marine Science (2017)

Managing marine species effectively requires spatially and temporally explicit knowledge of their density and distribution. Habitat-based density models, a type of species distribution model (SDM) that uses habitat covariates to…


Passive acoustic methods for fine-scale tracking of harbour porpoises in tidal rapids

Macaulay, Jamie; Gordon, Jonathan; Gillespie, Douglas; Malinka, Chloë; Northridge, Simon
The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (2017)

The growing interest in generating electrical power from tidal currents using tidal turbine generators raises a number of environmental concerns, including the risk that marine mammals might be injured or…


Don’t forget the porpoise: Acoustic monitoring reveals fine scale temporal variation between bottlenose dolphin and harbour porpoise in Cardigan Bay SAC

Nuuttila, Hanna K.; Courtene-Jones, Winnie; Baulch, Sarah; Simon, Malene; Evans, Peter G. H.
Marine Biology (2017)

Populations of bottlenose dolphin and harbour porpoise inhabit Cardigan Bay, which was designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), with bottlenose dolphin listed as a primary feature for its conservation…