[MARMAM] new publication on the Baltic Sea porpoise populations

Koblitz Jens Jens.Koblitz at meeresmuseum.de
Fri Jan 10 09:39:33 PST 2014

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of all co-authors I am pleased to announce the publication of the following paper:

Baltic Sea harbour porpoise populations: status and conservation needs derived from recent survey results
Harald Benke, Stefan Bräger, Michael Dähne, Anja Gallus, Sophie Hansen, Christopher G. Honnef, Martin Jabbusch, Jens C. Koblitz, Kathrin Krügel, Alexander Liebschner, Ingo Narberhaus, Ursula K. Verfuß

Marine Ecology Progress Series 495: 275-290 (2014)

The paper is open-access and can be downloaded at:


During recent decades, the 2 distinct harbour porpoise populations of the Baltic Sea have decreased sharply in abundance. The Baltic Proper population is down to a few hundred individuals and is regarded as ‘Critically Endangered’ by IUCN; the more abundant Belt Sea population also appears to have experienced a severe decline. We summarize the results of extensive static acoustic monitoring in the German part of the Baltic Sea and compare them to published results of aerial and acoustic surveys. Acoustic monitoring confirmed seasonal changes in detection rates consistent with proposed east–west migrations. Detection rates, and thus presumably porpoise density, decrease from west to east from a long-term mean (2002 to 2012) of 94% detection-positive days per month (DPD mo-1) around the island of Fehmarn and 71% DPD mo-1 in Kadet Trench to 4.4% DPD mo-1 in Pomeranian Bay as one crosses the putative population boundary. Acoustic monitoring results show a recent increase in porpoise registration rates in the Kadet Trench and in Pomeranian Bay, although this does not necessarily indicate a population increase. This large dataset supports the previously suggested proposition that each population uses the boundary waters in Pomeranian Bay alternately, leading to the presence of registration peaks in (late) summer by Belt Sea porpoises, and in winter by Baltic Proper animals. The critical status of porpoises in the Baltic Sea highlights the urgent need for protective measures which still await national and international implementation.

I hope this paper is of interest for you, please do not hesitate to contact me for any questions you might have.

With kind regards,
Jens Koblitz

German Oceanographic Museum
Museum für Meereskunde und Fischerei ∙ Aquarium
Stiftung des bürgerlichen Rechts
Katharinenberg 14 - 20
18439 Stralsund
Tel.: +49 (0) 3831 26 50 395
Mob.: +49 (0) 173 9688312
Fax: +49 (0) 3831 26 50 309
Jens.Koblitz at meeresmuseum.de<mailto:Jens.Koblitz at meeresmuseum.de>

Dr. Harald Benke
Andreas Tanschus
Ust. ID Nr.: DE 162 772 269
Steuernr.: 082/126/00068

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.uvic.ca/pipermail/marmam/attachments/20140110/210fc5c8/attachment.html>

More information about the MARMAM mailing list