[MARMAM] New Publication: Passive acoustic monitoring for assessing marine mammals population in European waters: Workshop conclusions and perspectives

Mathilde MICHEL mathilde.michel at ensta-bretagne.org
Thu Jan 11 05:12:11 PST 2024

Dear MARMAM community,

I am delighted to share with you our recent publication stemming from 
the workshop, "Prospective Discussion on Passive Acoustic Monitoring of 
Marine Mammals for Descriptor D1 of the Marine Strategy Framework 
Directive (MSFD)," held during the European Cetacean Society 2023.

Title: "Passive Acoustic Monitoring for Assessing Marine Mammals 
Population in European Waters: Workshop Conclusions and Perspectives"
Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308597X2300516X

_The European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD, 2008/56/CE) 
aims to achieve and maintain the 'good environmental status' (GES) of 
marine ecosystems, including the assessment of marine mammal 
populations. However, assessing their abundance and distribution is 
challenging due to their mobility, elusiveness, and difficult data 
acquisition. This article highlights the role of passive acoustic 
monitoring as a complementary approach to traditional methods (mainly 
plane and boat surveys). It also presents the conclusions and 
perspectives of a workshop organized at the 34th conference of the 
European Cetacean Society in O'Grove, Spain (18th to 20th April 2023). 
Building on the rich foundation established by the European Cetacean 
Society (ECS) in 1987, this society plays a pivotal role in advancing 
marine mammal research and conservation efforts across European waters. 
The workshop emphasized the need for harmonization of protocols, 
indicators, and guidelines to ensure comparability of results. The 
establishment of a dedicated European working group was proposed to 
coordinate passive acoustic monitoring efforts, foster collaboration, 
and share best practices. The workshop concluded that the consolidation 
of scientific knowledge, the development of common guidelines, and the 
establishment of a transnational working group would improve the 
understanding and conservation of these vulnerable species and their 

For those interested, feel free to contact me for a PDF or with any 
questions at mathilde.michel at ensta-bretagne.org.


Mathilde Michel
PhD student
mathilde.michel at ensta-bretagne.org
+33 (0)2 21 09 58 89

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