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SMRU Small Cetacean Abundance in the North Sea (SCANS), 1994
Entry ID: seamap103

Abstract: The Small Cetacean Abundance in the North Sea (SCANS) project was
initiated in 1993. Dedicated line transect shipboard surveys were conducted
between 27 June and 26 July 1994. Transects covered 20,000km2 in an area of
890,000km2. The survey area included the region specified in the Agreement on
Small Cetaceans Of the Baltic And North Seas (ASCOBANS) (excluding most of the
Baltic Sea proper) and ... View entire text

Purpose: The status of small cetaceans, particularly the harbour porpoise, in
the North Sea and adjacent waters was of considerable concern due to
substantial incidental bycatch in fishing operations, declines in the number of
stranding records and incidental sightings in coastal waters and from the
possible risk of contaminants and pollution. The objective of SCANS was to
provide essential information for ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 61.93   S: 48.33   E: 12.52   W: -11.39

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU)
Dataset Title: SMRU Small Cetacean Abundance in the North Sea (SCANS), 1994
Dataset Series Name: OBIS-SEAMAP
Dataset Release Date: 2004-05-07 10:26:49.566991-04
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1994-06-27
Stop Date: 1994-07-25
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 0.000167 Decimal degrees
Longitude Resolution: 0.000167 Decimal degrees
Horizontal Resolution Range: 1 meter - < 30 meters
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City: Durham
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 27708
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2007-01-22
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24