Photo-Identification field and laboratory protocols utilizing FinBase Version 2.
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Marine mammal photo-identification surveys are conducted for multiple reasons that include estimating or evaluating abundance, survival, spatial and temporal habitat use, social structure and/or health. Surveys are performed along set tracklines in designated survey areas. When animals are sighted during a survey they are digitally photographed with an effort to capture images of all animals in a sighting for individual identification. Additionally, ancillary data and observations of the animals are recorded onto datasheets. The data obtained is then entered into FinBase, a customizable database system for managing photo-identification catalogs. These protocols were designed for small boat based dolphin photo-identification surveys, but can be utilized for any type of photo-identification surveys. Since FinBase is customizable the user can make changes to fit the needs of their specific survey. All the data and cropped images collected from photo-identification surveys can be stored .....
PublisherNOAA NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center
Series;NrNOAA Technical Memorandum;NMFS-SEFSC-627
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.a
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Marine turtles, birds, mammals abundance and distribution
CitationMelancon, R., Lane, S., Speakman, T., Hart, L., Sinclair, C., Adams, J., Rosel, P. and Schwacke, L. (2011) Photo-identification field and laboratory protocols utilizing FinBase version 2. Lafayette, LA, NOAA, NMFS, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 52pp. (NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SEFSC-627). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-1685
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