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Aerial Survey


Iceland Aerial Design

The survey design for the Icelandic aerial survey in 2015. The red lines indicate the planned transects. 

The aerial survey was conducted on board a Partenavia, and focussed on coastal areas. The observers used a newly-constructed device to help measure accurate angles, which is important for calculating the density of whales on the survey area.


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Observers on the Icelandic aerial surveys headed out for a day of counting whales. Photos: Dan Pike
Iceland Aerial Geometer used by Dan P1020121 640x480 Dan Pike using the new geometer to record angle measurements to the sightings of whales. 


Ship-based Surveys

The Icelandic ship-based surveys were conducted on two ships sailing at about the same time.  

R/V Árni Fridriksson

This research vessel conducted a combined cetacean and fisheries (redfish and mackerel) survey from 10 June - 8 August 2015, with just a few days off during that time.

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R/V Árni Fridriksson. Photo: Marine Research Institute, Iceland



R/V Bjarni Saemundsson

The R/V Bjarni Saemundsson surveyed for cetaceans from 9 June until 26 July 2015, with only 4 days break. 

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R/V Bjarni Saemundsson. Photo: Jon Pall Asgeirsson