Strandings along Romanian Black Sea coasts 2010-2017
Mare Nostrum

Dataset credit

Mare Nostrum NGO, National Institute for Marine Research and Development "Grigore Antipa"


Primary contact Marian Paiu Mare Nostrum NGO
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University



In the Black Sea, the cetaceans are represented by three species, Phocoena phocoena relicta, Tursiops truncatus ponticus and Delphinus delphis ponticus. The main threat and cause of decline for the Black Sea dolphins are the fishing nets, or bycatches.

For protection of the dolphin populations from Romanian Black Sea area in conformity with the objectives of the "National Action Plan for Conservation of Dolphins" and "Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic Area," with financial support from European Union through the Sectorial Operational Programme – Environment, the NGO "Mare Nostrum" started a series of activities in partnership with National Institute for Marine Research and Development "Grigore Antipa" Constanța, Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority, National Agency for Fishing and Aquaculture, Natural Science Museum Complex "Dolphinarium" Constanța, Border Police Inspectorate of Constanța County. And in 2012, Mare Nostrum continued collecting data through two projects: one financed through the ACCOBAMS Secretariat fund and one through a CSR private company. The present database presents the situation of dolphin strandings along the Romanian coast during 2010 and 2012. The data were collected from the entire Romanian coast, from Sulina to Vama Veche.


The purpose of this research was to monitor the situation of Black Sea dolphins at the Romanian coast.

Supplemental information

The dataset is not available for download until the provider publishes the journal article on the data.

[UPDATE] 2017 data were added on 2018-02-28
[UPDATE] Data in 2015 were added on 2016-03-04.
[UPDATE] Data in 2014 were added on 2015-01-23.
A few existing 2013 records got coordinates fixed.
The stranding in 2002 was fixed to 2012.

[UPDATE] Data in 2013 were added on 2014-02-20

Additional references:
Paiu, M., E. Anton and M. Candea. 2012. Observation on dolphin sightings at the Romanian coast and measures to reduce accidental cathes in fishing nets. Recherches Marines. nr. 42/149-158


Paiu Romulus-Marian et all. 2013. Date privind situatia cetaceelor esuate, capturilor accidentale in plasele de pescuit si a celor ce populeaza apele romanesti ale Marii Negre, in perioada 2010-2012. Poster.
Paiu Romulus-Marian. 2016. Correlation of Cetacean Stranding Events between 2010-2014 at the Romanian Coast. Researches Marines. 2015/122-155.
Paiu Romulus-Marian. 2010-2015. Annual report in the frame of Monitoring and Conservation of Black Sea Dolphins Program.



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Attributes in dataset provided

Attribute (table column)Description
oidUnique ID (created by OBIS-SEAMAP)
rec_idRecord ID
lat_lon_origLatitude and longitude originally provided
latitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
longitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
sp_obsSpecies name
sp_tsnTaxonomic Serial Number added by OBIS-SEAMAP
obs_countThe number of animals caught
date_origDate in original format
obs_datetimeDate of the observation (time not provided)
geomGeometry field added by OBIS-SEAMAP
Marine mammals664
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species2
Date, Begin2010-04-18
Date, End2017-11-25
Temporal prec.111000
Latitude43.74 - 45.15
Longitude28.57 - 29.69
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
Contr. throughACCOBAMS
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