[MARMAM] Cetacean Observers for Northlink Ferries

Hanna Nuuttila hannanuuttila at gmail.com
Thu Apr 20 07:00:22 PDT 2006

Dear Cetacean Enthusiast,

Please read the following letter from Ian Hay about Volunteering as
Cetacean Observer on Northlink Ferries and a training day this

Hanna Nuuttila
Sightings Officer
Sea Watch Foundation

Dear All

I am writing to invite you to a training day for volunteers on the
2006 Ferry Watch Project. This will be held on the 22nd of April
meeting at the offices of Northlink Ferries.

Over the last 3 years the Seawatch Foundation, Aberdeen University and
the East Grampian Coastal Partnership have been conducting transect
cetacean surveys of the waters between Aberdeen and the Northern Isles
on board the Northlink Hascossay.

These surveys have increase our knowledge of the variety of species in
these waters with notable sightings including Humpback Whale, Orca,
Common Dolphin and Basking Shark.

These surveys are carried out be a mixture of experienced watchers and
Volunteers. Each survey generally lasts for one and a half days and is
free to volunteers thanks to the kind support of Northlink Ferries.

The aim of the day will be to ensure that all volunteers are aware of
the practical details of the surveys and ensure that everyone is using
the same methodology for recording sightings data.

If you would like to attend this training session please contact Ian
Hay on 01224 498251 or by email on i.hay at macaulay.ac.uk

With thanks

Ian Hay
Project Officer
East Grampian Coastal Partnership

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