The aim of this project is to fund satellite telemetry devices to better understand the spatial movements of Scottish minke whales, how they are using our coastal waters, their behaviour, and their exposure to detrimental human activities, vital to current management plans.
There is a clear lack of information on the spatial movements and behaviour of minke whales in our UK coastal waters. Where do they come from and where do they go? Which areas are most important to them and what are the emerging threats that we need to address to protect them?
The CRRU has persevered with dedicated studies of the minke whale population in the Moray Firth for over 20 years now, and the plethora of data collected has resulted in designation of the first ever Marine Protected Area for the species in UK waters. This project will use telemetry studies to address data gaps on distribution, movements and ecology of these coastally-occurring whales, to better inform the adaptive management process for these enigmatic animals.