Aerial Surveys for marine mammals

Updated 2012-07-23

The main objective is to provide management advice for harvested species (large whales, narwhale and beluga, walrus). The surveys are conducted from fixed winged twin engine aircrafts with 2-4 observers, that systematically survey for marine mammals in the prime habitats in Greenland. Surveys are conducted as strip census, line transect, photographic survey or independent observer surveys. Target species and areas shift between years but it is attempted to maintain a 5-6 survey cycle in the areas with the largest hunting pressure (i.e. West Greenland). For East Greenland a survey cycle of 10 or more years will be maintained.

Time frame

Project time span
1981 -
Data collection
1981 -
Data processing
1981 -
Data reporting
1981 -

Contact information

Contact person
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Mads Peter Heide-Jørgensen ( & Fernando Ugarte (, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources
nanreF & )kd.kdshg@jhm( nesnegrøJ-edieH reteP sdaM

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Seawater/suspended particulate matter


Regions studied
Greenland EEZ
Greenland EEZ

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

strip census, line transect, photographic survey or independent observer surveys

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (GINR)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

International Whaling Commission (IWC), North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission (NAMMCO), Canada/Greenland Joint Commission on Conservation and Management of Narwhal and Beluga (JCNB)

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