SEADETECT: developing an automated detection system to reduce whale-vessel collision risk

In a concerted effort to address the escalating threat of whale-vessel collisions at sea, the SEADETECT consortium is proud to present its latest scientific paper, titled “SEADETECT: developing an automated detection system to reduce whale-vessel collision risk.” This paper represents a significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to marine conservation and safety.

Whale-vessel collisions, commonly known as “ship strikes,” have emerged as a primary cause of mortality for cetaceans worldwide. The Mediterranean Sea, in particular, has become a hotspot for such collisions, posing significant risks to endangered species like fin whales and sperm whales. Recognizing the urgency of this issue, the SEADETECT initiative was launched with the aim of developing an automated detection system to mitigate collision risks and protect marine biodiversity.

The scientific paper outlines the objectives and methodologies of the SEADETECT project, highlighting the integration of cutting-edge technologies and novel approaches to marine ecology. Central to the initiative is the development of an onboard detection system equipped with state-of-the-art sensors, real-time passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) networks at sea, and a detection-sharing and alert system (REPCET®). Together, these elements form a comprehensive framework for reducing the likelihood of whale-vessel collisions and enhancing maritime safety.

Furthermore, the paper provides an overview of the global impact of whale-vessel collisions, emphasizing the need for collaborative efforts to address this multifaceted challenge. By leveraging insights from regional and international organizations, the SEADETECT consortium aims to develop targeted mitigation measures tailored to high-risk areas like the north-western Mediterranean Sea.

As we continue to advance our understanding of marine ecosystems and develop innovative solutions to mitigate collision risks, the publication of this scientific paper underscores the dedication and expertise of the SEADETECT partners. Through ongoing research, collaboration, and advocacy, we remain committed to safeguarding marine life and promoting sustainable maritime practices.

To access the full scientific paper and learn more about the SEADETECT initiative:

See the article published on Rio Journal