[MARMAM] Interns needed for Four Intensive Surveys in One Month throughout Turkey

aylin akkaya akkayaaylin at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 12 21:07:52 PST 2019


>From Small Cetaceans to the Great Whales of the East

 

DMAD is launching an intense set of research expeditions, utilising advanced acoustic and visual survey techniques to research cetaceans in the three seas of Turkey; starting from the city of Istanbul(1), where ancient and contemporary culture collide, moving to one of the oldest protected areas of Turkey- the Dilek Peninsula(2) followed by offshore surveys encompassing the first High Sea Marine Protected Area and unique habitats -Finike and Fethiye Canyon (3) and on to our final location, Antalya(4).

 

We are looking for passionate, hardworking, enthusiastic individuals who have the desire to learn and support the project to have a positive impact on marine wildlife protection and conservation!
The project has been constructed to collect missing scientific data, which has been deemed to be one of the most important barriers in the way of effective conservation strategies. The upcoming winter survey effort is going to collect critical but missing information on species abundance, distribution, behavioural and acoustic patterns whilst identifying major threats within the Turkish waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The project focuses on all cetacean and turtle species, including but not limited to bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, Black sea harbour porpoises, striped dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, Cuvier’s beaked whales, sperm whales, green turtles and loggerhead turtle.
 

1.Istanbul Strait

There will be a day of photo-identification survey effort, covering the entire strait. The survey is planned to take approximately 10 hours. The survey is focused on the Black Sea subspecies of bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins and harbour porpoises and collected photographs will be added and compared to a photo identification catalogue which has been collected over 10 years.

2. Aegean Dolphins (Dilek Peninsula)

Acoustic and visual data will be collected on common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. The survey will be for 1 day, lasting approximately 6 hours. Photo-identification data will be added to an existing catalogue.

3. Deep Sea Canyons

The survey will take minimum of 6 days, following pre-determined transects between Göcek and Antalya. The survey will continue 24 hours a day, with night survey efforts. Acoustic, visual and photo-identification data will be collected for the deep sea cetacean species.

4. Dolphins of the Bay (Antalya)

Both land and boat surveys will be conducted for 10 days. The majority of the training on GIS, photo-ID, scientific report writing and data interpretation will take place in Antalya.

There will be intensive training on;- Theodolite setup  and Pythagoras software-Photo-ID and Discovery software-Logger 2010 software-Detecting, localising and logging cetacean calls with PamGuard software-Behavioural and acoustical patterns- Data interpretation- GIS mapping
The participation fee is 1000Euro for the entire course and it covers all the training, accommodations, equipment, boat surveys and transportation between the project sites. The research fee does not cover: Travel Insurance (Highly Recommended), Meals (other than whilst on-board the Deep Seas Canyon expedition), Personal Expenses and Transportation
If you are interested or looking for further information, do not hesitate to email us at info at dmad.org.tr and akkayaaylinn at gmail.com.All the best,

Dr. Aylin AkkayaScientific Director of Marine Mammals Research Association (DMAD) Marine Mammal Consultant of WWF-Turkey Research Director of Montenegro Dolphin Research (MDR) +38260024363skype: aylin.akkaya3info at dmad.org.tr DMAD - Marine Mammals Research Associationwww.sancet.orghttps://www.instagram.com/marinemammalsresearch/DMAD - Marine Mammals Research Association


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