[MARMAM] Volunteers needed for whale research in Spain (19 nov-20 dec)

Pauline Gauffier pauline at circe.info
Mon Oct 15 02:10:58 PDT 2012

Dear all,

The research group CIRCE (http://www.circe.info)
is seeking applications from 5 volunteers to help with fieldwork on fin
whale research in the Strait of Gibraltar from 19 November to 20
December 2012(5 weeks)


Fin whale project:

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

This project has been running for 4 years both in
summertime and wintertime from the Spanish coast of the Strait. During this
next winter survey we are planning to (1) deploy satellite tags on the
migrating whales to identify their wintering grounds and (2) start a pilot
project from a station in Morocco on the other side of the Strait.



Volunteers should be available for the
entire period of 5 weeks. You will be responsible for your transport to
and from the main centre, but once here, we will provide accommodation at the
research centre and transport to the land station. You will be responsible for
your food expenses, but we will arrange communal shopping/cooking so that these
expenses will be low (usually no more than 20€/week).


Volunteers should be prepared to long working days
(9-18h) under the sun, the wind and sometimes cold weather and to help
with data entry when bad weather. 

For more
information, a video and the blog of the project, see http://www.circe.biz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=203&Itemid=103&lang=en)

Successful applicants will:

- have a mature attitude towards marine mammal

- be autonomous and quickly operational 

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

- speak fluently Spanish and/or English

- be available for the entire 5-week period


Preference will be given to those who:

- have previous experience in theodolite
handling, including whale tracking 

- have previous relevant marine mammal field

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 experiences relevant
to this project. Please also attach a brief CV, detailing your previous
experiences, and download the registration form from http://www.circe.biz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=203&Itemid=103&lang=en
(also available in Spanish and French).


For those who are interested, there is an opportunity for arriving earlier and help with pilot
whale photo-ID (from 29th October on), please mention it in your

Applications will be accepted until 22 October 2012 and then your
participation will be confirmed during the week (please check your email at
that time).


For more information, do not hesitate to contact me. 

All the best 



PS: we will have a stand at Whale Fest (www.whale-fest.com)
in Brighton on 27-28 Oct if you want to meet us. 

CIRCE (España/Spain)
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