EU-UNDP Project - Improving Environmental Monitoring in the Black Sea - Selected Measures (EMBLAS-Plus). Cetaceans (Photo-ID)

Ukrainian Scientific Centre of Ecology of the Sea

Dataset credit

Ukrainian Scientific Centre of Ecology of the Sea


Primary contact Elena Gladilina Ukrainian Scientific Centre of Ecology of the Sea
Primary contact Karina Vishnyakova Ukrainian Scientific Centre of Ecology of the Sea
Secondary contact Oleksandr Neprokin Ukrainian Scientific Centre of Ecology of the Sea
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University



This dataset is based on the results of research activities on cetacean monitoring conducted in 2019 by Ukrainian researchers in the framework of EMBLAS-Plus project funded by the EU-UNDP.
2300 photographs of medium, good and excellent quality were selected for the photo-ID process. In total, 60 sightings of all the cetacean species were recorded during the photo-identification surveys and the ship-based line-transect survey, including common dolphins, 19; bottlenose dolphins, 19; harbour porpoises, 22.


The project was conducted under the newly developed Programme of cetacean monitoring for the Ukrainian territorial waters in the north-western part of the Black Sea as a part of the EMBLAS Plus effort. It is designed to contribute to the implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) by Ukraine, compliant with the best world practices, and it contributes to the MSFD Criteria D1C1-D1C5. The overall objective of the EMBLAS-Plus project is to help improve protection of the Black Sea environment. The effort is aimed to increase knowledge about abundance, population structure and local distribution of the Black Sea cetaceans.

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Attributes in dataset

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oidUnique ID number (generated by OBIS-SEAMAP)
eventidEvent ID
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continentContinent "Europe"
waterbodyWater body "Black Sea"
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countryCountry "Ukraine"
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decimallongitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
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basisofrecordBasis of record "HumanObservation"
datageneralizationsdefinition not provided
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taxoniddefinition not provided
scientificnameidScientific name ID
acceptednameusageiddefinition not provided
scientificnameScientific name ID
sp_tsnTaxonomic Serial Number added by OBIS-SEAMAP
scientificnameauthorshipScientific name authorship
taxonrankTaxon rank
taxonremarksTaxon remarks
resourcesdefinition not provided
geomGeometry field added by OBIS-SEAMAP
Marine mammals350
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species1
Date, Begin2019-05-24
Date, End2019-09-08
Temporal prec.111110
Latitude45.26 - 46.59
Longitude29.80 - 33.10
Coord. prec.4 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
Traveled (km)0
Contr. through
Sharing policy CC-BY-NC (All)
Shared with None
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