[MARMAM] 4-18 JULY, 2 volunteers needed in the Strait of Gibraltar

Pauline Gauffier pauline at circe.biz
Tue Jun 29 14:50:35 PDT 2010


2
 Volunteers needed urgently for fin/sperm whale research in
 the
Strait of Gibraltar : DUE TO LAST MINUTE CANCELLATIONS, WE NEED 2 EXTRA VOLUNTEERS FROM 4-18 JULY.

 

The research group CIRCE (http://www.circe.biz) 
is seeking applications
from volunteers to help with fieldwork on fin
and sperm whales in the Strait
 of Gibraltar.

 

Project: 


The fin whales observed in the Strait
of Gibraltar are in migration between
the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea while
sperm whales’ sightings are mainly foraging activities. Both species are
 still
recovering from years of hunting. Due to the high and increasing 
maritime
traffic in the Strait, at least 2 ship strikes have been observed with 
fin
whales since 1999 and 3 with sperm whales, probably more remaining 
unknown.
Therefore, we need to assess for this population the risk of collision 
with
tankers or ferries. We will use theodolite tracking from a land station 
to find
the main routes for the fin/sperm whales as well as any behavioural 
changes in
relation to boat movements.


Volunteers should be prepared to long working 
days on the sun, as well as data entry when bad weather.

 


Volunteers should be available FROM 4-18 JULY 
2010 (see http://www.circe.biz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=93&Itemid=103
and http://circe-volunteers-2009.blogspot.com
for last year project blog). 
You will be
responsible for your transport to and from the main centre in Pelayo-Algeciras 
(Cadiz), but once there, we
will provide accommodation, food and transport to the land stations. 





Successful applicants will:

- have a mature attitude towards marine
mammal research

- be autonomous and quickly operational 


- be able to live and work constructively with 
others
in a team


- speak
fluently English and/or Spanish


 

Preference will be given to those who:

- have previous experience in theodolite handling, including whale 
tracking


- have previous relevant marine mammal field
experience




Applicants should send an email introducing themselves. The email should
include an outline of why you would like to work on this project, your
qualifications and previous experience. Please also attach a brief CV.




 


For more information, see http://www.circe.biz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=93&Itemid=103
 (also available in Spanish and French)
or contact me.


All the best
Pauline





<°)))<
Pauline GAUFFIER


CIRCE
 (Conservation, Information and Research on Cetaceans), SPAIN
http://www.circe.biz 		 	   		  
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