7th Progress report on IWC ship strike data coordination â€“ April 2019
Fabian Ritter and Simone Panigada
The activities carried out in the past 12 months resulted in a variety of outreach actions, including the follow-up on every request sent by potential data providers. As recommended by the SC, special attention has been given to continue and increase the data review process, while keeping the global ship strikes database updated with new entries and by making sure that every existing record receives the need attention while it is being assessed.
The Coordinators, after consultation with the Data Review Group (DRG) have started the review process by choosing current records and working backwards through time: over the last 12 months, all the reports older than 31 December 1999 have been reviewed and assigned a category. In total, 384 reports have been assessed and are now listed as cases in the data-base, which leaves 118 old reports to be assessed, excluding any new incoming new reports.
New reports have been submitted to the data base from the public, including scientists working in the field, and some new entries were compiled by the data co-ordinators.
Contacts with the ACCOBAMS and the Pelagos Sanctuary Executive Secretariats, as well as ASCOBANS, have been maintained to discuss possible synergies in assessing and mitigating
ship strikes. There is an ongoing project funded by the Pelagos Agreement on ship strikes in the Pelagos Sanctuary and this will be carried out by a team of international scientists till April 2020. This project will allow to assess ship strikes in the areas, together with suggesting mitigation measures to be applied in the Pelagos Sanctuary and in other areas of the Mediterranean Sea.
As usual, a number of inquiries about the database were received, and we provided relevant literature, general information as well as specific advice. In a number of cases, a folder containing extensive information about IWCâ€™s work on ship strikes (â€œship strike briefingâ€) was provided to interested parties.