FIELD STUDIES OF WHALES AND DOLPHINS IN FAXAFLÓI BAY, SOUTH-WEST COAST, ICELAND
ACS CONFERENCE 2012: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Chiara Bertulli attends the 2012 ACS Conference in San Diego, California, with a poster work titled ‘Can whale-watching and whaling co-exist? Tourist perceptions in Iceland’.
For any questions regarding my work and/or my upcoming 2013 field season, please do not hesitate to come and contact me.
See you in San Diego!
SURVEY ON WHALING VERSUS WHALE-WATCHING IN ICELAND: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers are needed for the year 2012 to assist in collaborating with a Ph.D. student working on a survey about whaling and whale-watching in Iceland. This is a research project being conducted along the southwest (Reykjavik and Keflavik areas) in collaboration with the Faxafloi Cetacean Research project (www.faxa-cetacean.org), Elding whale-watching (www.elding.is), WDCS (www.wdcs.org) and the University of Iceland (www.hi.is):
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and it has become a Mecca for ecotourists who want to enjoy the unique Icelandic landscape (geyser and the many waterfalls), learn about its culture, do bird-watching (many are the birds species among which the most common are auks, gulls, fulmars, shearwaters, gannets, terns, skuas) and see whales and dolphins (most common species are minke, humpback, fin and blue whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises). Whale-watching activities, one of the fastest growing sectors of the world tourism market, began in Iceland in 1990, and have enjoyed over 250% annual growth in recent years. Iceland rejoined the IWC in 2002 and started scientific whaling the following year. Although Iceland’s scientific whaling programme provided no immediate monetary benefits, nevertheless, Iceland resumed commercial whaling on 17th October 2006. Since 2009 the Faxafloi Cetacean Research has been collaborating with a local whale-watching company, WCDS and the University of Iceland in order to learn more about who tourists (visiting Iceland) are and where they stand on issues such as whaling, whale-watching and whale meat consumption.
Team I: June 1 – June 10, 2012
Team II: June 12 – July 22, 2012
Team III: July 24 – August 2, 2012
Team IV: August 4 – August 14, 2012
Team V: August 16 – August 26, 2012
Team VI: August 28 – September 6, 2012
In both Reykjavik and Keflavik, volunteers are asked to distribute a pre-designed questionnaires in the following locations: (i) at the Keflavik International airport (ii) Reykjavik Bus Terminal (iii) Reykjavik City Hostel (iv) Reykjavik Harbour (v) Reykjavik Information Centres. Unfortunately, these positions are not paid and the successful candidates have to be able to cover their own travel expenses, travel insurance, food and other personal expenses. Accommodation is not provided but we can help finding you places in downtown Reykjavik at a cheap/moderate price (from a minimum of 126 euros per 10 days of stay). Transportation to and from Keflavik will be covered for each participant. There are possibilities for students to develop their own academic projects using data collected during their stay (please contact Chiara G. Bertulli for more information).
Applicants should be ready to work long hours and be expected to participate in the following duties:
- data collection
- data entry
- possibility to bring your own Laptop is much preferred
- be enthusiastic, hard-working, team oriented, able to share small living space on board
- be adaptable, flexible and patient as fieldwork is highly weather dependent
- have good English language skills
HOW TO APPLY:
CV or resume should include the following:
- details of your availability (Team no.)
- contact details of two referees
- a brief description of yourself including your interest in this project and what you hope to gain from this experience
Send applications to Chiara Giulia Bertulli:
Chiara G. Bertulli (Ph.D. student)
University of Iceland
SMM CONFERENCE 2011: TAMPA, FLORIDA
Chiara Bertulli attends the 2011 SMM Conference in Tampa, Florida, with a poster work titled ‘First assessment of entanglement rate among North Atlantic humpback whales off Iceland’.
For any questions regarding my work and/or my upcoming 2012 field season, please do not hesitate to come and contact me.
See you in Tampa!
ECS CONFERENCE 2011: CADIZ, SPAIN
Chiara Bertulli attends the 2011 ECS Conference in Cadiz with a poster work titled ‘A long-term opportunistic photo-identification study of white-beaked dolphins (Lagenorhynchus albirostris) in Faxafloi and Skjalfandi Bays, Iceland’.
For any questions regarding my work and/or my 2011 field season, please do not hesitate to come and contact me.
See you in Cadiz!
FAXAFLOI CETACEAN RESEARCH: 2011 FIRST OUTING WITH THE NEW RESEARCH BOAT
On the 13th June 2011 the Faxafloi Cetacean Research Team went out in Faxafloi Bay with 'Red' the new research boat. Chiara G. Bertulli and her research team will use Red this summer to conduct a part of Chiara's Ph.D. project which aims to determine the abundance of minke whales and white-beaked dolphins in the coastal waters of Faxafloi Bay. On board there were Chiara (Principal Investigator), Caroline R. Weir (photo-id assistant), Stefan Aki Ragnarsson (photographer) and Vilhjalmur Jesus Arnason (skipper). The team sailed out around 6 p.m. from Reykjavik Old Harbour and headed back around 830 p.m. after a successful tour during which 4-5 minke whales were encountered along with several groups of harbour porpoises on the south-west part of Sydra Hraun. Three minke whales were identified and one among them was found to have been previously identified in 2008. The minke whales seemed not to be bothered too much by the boat presence. The boat was positioned all time parallel to the sighted animals and when possible the engine was turned off, and successfully most of the time the whales would resurface between 5 to 20m far from the boat allowing the researchers to shoot excellent close ID images. Here are some of the best shots which were taken during the tour. Enjoy!