Distribution of Harbour Seals in the German Bight in Relation to Offshore Wind Power Plants

Book Chapter

Title: Distribution of Harbour Seals in the German Bight in Relation to Offshore Wind Power Plants
Publication Date:
January 01, 2006
Book Title: Offshore Wind Energy - Research on Environmental Impacts
Published City: Berlin
Pages: 65-75
Publisher: Springer

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Citation

Adelung, D.; Kierspel, M.; Liebsch, N.; Müller, G.; Wilson, R. (2006). Distribution of Harbour Seals in the German Bight in Relation to Offshore Wind Power Plants. Offshore Wind Energy - Research on Environmental Impacts (pp. 65-75). Berlin: Springer.
Abstract: 

Determination of how animals allocate activities (such as resting, feeding and breeding) to space and time is fundamental for understanding their ecology, their role in ecosystems, and in assessing the impact of their environment on them (e.g. as possibly caused by offshore wind farms).

 

In order to obtain such data in the context of the MINOS2 and MINOS+ project, we equipped harbour seals in the German Bight with dead-reckoners and satellite transmitters to track them while they were hauled out on land and foraging at sea. Typical movement patterns are presented, and possible influences of offshore wind farms are discussed.

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