[MARMAM] SCANS-IV in 2022 determined population size and distribution of cetaceans in European Atlantic waters

Gilles, Anita Anita.Gilles at tiho-hannover.de
Fri Oct 6 10:16:47 PDT 2023

Dear MARMAM community,

on behalf of the SCANS-IV project consortium I am very happy to announce that the report of the design-based abundance estimates has been published.

Link to the report:


SCANS-IV is the fourth in a series of surveys that began in 1994 (SCANS) and continued in 2005/2007 (SCANS-II/CODA) and 2016 (SCANS-III) to determine the population size and distribution of cetaceans in European Atlantic waters.

SCANS-IV surveyed the European Atlantic in summer 2022 with the largest amount of search effort to date – 75,000 km in the survey area of 1.7 million square kilometers.

The survey was a collaboration among scientists in eight countries bordering the Atlantic, namely Denmark, Germany, France, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Portugal and the UK, and was supported by the governments of those countries.

All survey teams and supporting institutes deserve the greatest thanks and appreciation for their hard work despite all difficulties and sometimes bad weather. The SCANS spirit was felt everywhere.

Enjoy the read and please let me know any question!

Best regards,

Anita Gilles

Project coordinator SCANS-IV


University of St Andrews, United Kingdom (Philipp Hammond)

Joint Nature Conservation Committee, United Kingdom (Nikki Taylor)

Wageningen Marine Research, the Netherlands (Steve Geelhoed)

Aarhus University, Denmark (Signe Sveegaard)

Swedish Museum of Natural History, Sweden (Julia Carlström and Kylie Owen)

La Rochelle University, France (Matthieu Authier and Sophie Laran)

Spanish Institute of Oceanography, Spanish National Research Council (IEO-CSIC), Spain (Camilo Saveedra and Toño Vázquez-Bonales)

University of Aveiro, ECOMARE & CESAM and Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas, Portugal (Hélder Araújo and Marina Sequeira)

    Dr. Anita Gilles
    University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation
    Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research (ITAW)
    Werftstr. 6 | 25761 Büsum
    Phone: +49 (0)511-8568177
    Fax: +49 (0)511-8568181
    anita.gilles at tiho-hannover.de
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