[MARMAM] Collisions between sailing vessels and cetaceans

Fabian Ritter, MEER e.V. ritter at m-e-e-r.de
Wed Jul 9 06:01:50 PDT 2008

Dear MarmMamers!

The German NGO M.E.E.R. is currently investigating the impact of sailing 
vessel and regattas on cetaceans. For this purpose, we are collecting 
reports of collisions and near miss events between sailing vessels and 
whales as well as dolphins.


In cooperation with Noonsite.com, the global website for cuising 
sailors, we elaborated a questionnaire which is online from now until 
the end of this year (see also the press release given at the bottom of 
this email).

With this, we would like to invite you to provide information, if you 
have knowledge of a collision or near miss event between a sailing 
vessel and a cetacean - or if you know someone who has such information. 
We would be grateful if you or the according person could answer some 
questions given in the online query and/or use a questionnaire, which is 
available for download.

Please follow this link to get involved:
or go directly to the online survey at:

In general it has to be said that collisions of ships with cetaceans are 
globally a growing problem. Several whale population are under massive 
threat due to a high collision risk in some areas (e.g. right whales off 
the east coast of the US, the Mediterranean Sea finback whales or the 
sperm whales in the Canary Islands). Still, after several years of 
investigation, information is still scarce. This is especially true for 
collision between sailing vessels and marine life.


Therefore, your support will be highly appreciated. We also welcome 
advise on where to publish such information so as to spread the word as 
widely as possible. Thank you very much for your contribution!



Fabian Ritter
M.E.E.R. e.V.
Bundesallee 123
D-12161 Berlin

T/F: (0)30-85 07 87 55
e-Mail: ritter at m-e-e-r.de

The dolphins were having a great relaxed time 
and there were no major answers they wished 
to know the questions to...
(After Douglas Adams)



*04 July 2008

*For Immediate Release

*Peta Stuart-Hunt*

T: +44 (0)1590 679 621
M: +44 (0)7711 477 707
E: peta at prworksuk.com <mailto:peta at prworksuk.com>

**Whale Collision Survey launched by noonsite.com**

*noonsite.com - the global website for cruising sailors* - has joined 
forces with marine environmental group *MEER* (www.m-e-e-r.org 
) to launch a worldwide survey of collisions and near misses between 
cetaceans (whales and dolphins) and sailing yachts.

Collisions between ships and cetaceans are increasing around the world 
and several whale populations are under massive threat owing to a high 
collision risk in some areas such as the US East Coast, the 
Mediterranean and around the Canary Islands. However, information on 
collisions involving sailing vessels is scarce.

Marine biologist Fabian Ritter, working for the non-profit organisation 
MEER is investigating reports of collisions and near miss events between 
sailing vessels and cetaceans. As part of this research noonsite.com and 
MEER are inviting all sailors around the world to provide information on 
any whale/dolphin collisions or near misses during their sailing careers.  

All reports can be logged on www.noonsite.com 
with the objective of gathering statistical information on actual 
collisions and near misses, to help understand the reasons for the 
collisions and to help reduce the risk both for sailors and for cetaceans.

noonsite.com manager, Sue Richards, commented: "/Whales and dolphins are 
held in special affection by all sailors around the world. We know from 
the feedback from our site visitors - all of whom are cruising sailors - 
that concern for the marine environment is a high priority for them. We 
welcome this opportunity to help focus research through the global 
sailing community, for the benefit of both sailors and the marine 
mammals, and I urge all sailors to look back though their logs and help 
build up some significant research data/."

The MEER research project will run on noonsite.com until the end of 
2008. To log a report, visit www.noonsite.com 

*- ends -*

*Notes to Editors:*




*noonsite**.com - the global website for cruising sailors            

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*About MEER*     www.m-e-e-r.org 

M.E.E.R. e.V. is a non-profit association based in Berlin, Germany which 
runs the project M.E.E.R. La Gomera, Canary Islands. The Association's 
objectives are the promotion of environmental protection through 
scientific research and public education, particularly concerning 
cetaceans and their natural habitats and the study of peaceful 
encounters between man, whales and dolphins.

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Peta Stuart-Hunt
T:                 +44 (0)1590 679 621
M:                +44 (0)7711 477 707
E.                peta at prworksuk.com <mailto:peta at prworksuk.com>  

Fabian Ritter
President, M.E.E.R. e.V
E                 ritter at m-e-e-r.de <mailto:ritter at m-e-e-r.de>

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