Lyme Bay Acoustic Project

2014 - Grant Award £536

The Lyme Bay Acoustic Project is a research project looking at the distribution of dolphin species occurring in the bay with a view to:

a) providing an accurate population estimate of each of the main species present (identified in conjunction with other data sets).

b) the time of year, in what numbers and in which areas they are present (particularly in relation to white-beaked and bottlenose dolphin).

c) Studying the interactions between the different dolphin species.

d) Identifying the feeding habits and preferred / important feeding areas in the bay

A program of transect surveys over 2 years will cover the entire area between Portland Bill and Start Point.

The acoustic outputs will also help to:

a) inform a proposal for dolphin conservation in Lyme Bay which takes into account individual species needs and which can be used to provide input to local marine management planning.

b) support development of methodologies for utilizing acoustic survey methods of this type in other survey areas / other projects.

c) build our engagement with other users of Lyme Bay including skippers, fishing boats, leisure users, governmental bodies and local marine NGO’s.

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