[MARMAM] New publication: Risso’s dolphin the Western Ligurian Sea: trends in population size and habitat use

Caterina Lanfredi caterina.lanfredi at polimi.it
Fri Nov 4 09:31:42 PDT 2016

Dear colleagues,

The following article has been published online:

Azzellino A., S. Airoldi, S. Gaspari, C. Lanfredi, A. Moulins, M. Podestà, M. Rosso and P. Tepsich. 2016. Risso’s Dolphin, Grampus griseus, in the Western Ligurian Sea: Trends in Population Size and Habitat Use. Advances in Marine Biology Volume 75. Editors: Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, Michela Podestà, Barbara E. Curry. DOI: 10.1016/bs.amb.2016.08.003<http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/bs.amb.2016.08.003>

This paper provides a summary of 25 years of research on Risso’s dolphins (Grampus griseus) in the western Ligurian Sea. Seasonal variations in abundance, distribution and habitat use were observed. Photographic mark–recapture methods provided a population size estimate for the period from 1998 to 2012, of about 100 individuals (95% CI of 60–220 individuals). The same methods detected a decline in population size from an average of about 120–150 from 2000 to 2005, to an average of 70–100 during 2010 to 2014. Species occurrence appeared to be significantly decreasing in coastal and continental slope areas, while it seemed to be stable in the most pelagic area. In addition, a dramatic change was observed in the local primary production, which was analysed based on time series of sea surface temperature and chlorophyll data from 1990 to 2014. Based on fisheries landings, there may have been a general decrease in fishery productivity, both in the western Ligurian Sea and in adjacent regions. Environmental variability, depletion of resources by fisheries and possibly interspecies competition may all have contributed to cause changes in Risso’s dolphin habitat use and occurrence in the western Ligurian Sea.

It is available here: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0065288116300141<http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0065288116300141>

Alternatively, email to the corresponding author: arianna.azzellino at polimi.it<mailto:arianna.azzellino at polimi.it>

Best wishes,

Arianna Azzellino

Dr. Arianna Azzellino,
PhD Environmental Engineering

Politecnico di Milano
University of Technology, Milan
DICA Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
P.za Leonardo da Vinci, 32
20133 Milano - ITALY
ph.   +39 02 - 23996431
fax. +39 02 - 23996499
e-mail arianna.azzellino at polimi.it<mailto:arianna.azzellino at polimi.it>

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