Aerial surveys of marine mammals and other fauna around Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire, November 2013

Geelhoed, S.C.V.; Janinhoff, N.; Verdaat, J.P.; Bemmelen, R.S.A. van; Scheidat, M.


In November 2013 aerial surveys were conducted for the first time in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire to evaluate aerial surveys as a tool for marine mammal surveys in these waters, and to assess the distribution and abundance of marine mammals. A secondary aim of these surveys was to collect data on the occurrence of other megafauna (e.g. sharks, rays, turtles) and seabirds. Marine mammals were assessed using distance sampling methods; for other species a strip transect method was applied.