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Chapter 7. MONITORING AND EVALUATION

In general, describe how the nominated site addresses monitoring and evaluation


Twice a year, a scientific team made up of people and volunteers from the French MPA Agency, the SPAW-RAC, regional institutions, NGO's, "Action de l'Etat en mer"...realizes a monitoring transect in the French and neighboring countries EEZ (Dutch Antilles, Anguilla...).

The method employed is the following :

The proposed methodology includes four monitoring techniques – identifying marine mammals from above, on and under water, as well as monitoring human activities (e.g., fisheries, maritime traffic, pollution) that impact cetaceans and wider region ocean health.

1 – Campaigns at sea - transects

a) Scientific activities

  • Populations surveys (movements, behavior, distribution, abundance)

  • Photo-identification

  • Genetic sample

  • Tagging (exclusively on the humpback whale- in the Lesser Antilles, with the exception of Guadeloupe where a tagging mission is already scheduled in 2012 by another partner institution)

  • Passive acoustic monitoring (gather information using submerged specially equipped and strategically placed hydroacoustic buoys)

  • Status report of human activities which could have an impact on cetaceans (fisheries, marine traffic maritime, pollution, waste…)

Objective: analysis and mapping of data collected during the campaigns at sea.

 

What indicators are used to evaluate management effectiveness and conservation success, and the impact of the management plan on the local communities


Indicators by category Comments
Evaluation of management effectiveness
Action plan and indicators See the management plan attached
Evaluation of conservation measures on the status of species populations within and around protected area
Action plan and indicators See the management plan attached
Evaluation of conservation measures on the status of habitats within and around the protected area
Action plan and indicators See the management plan attached
Evaluation of conservation measures on the status of ecological processes within and around the protected area
Action plan and indicators See the management plan attached
Evaluation of the impact of the management plan on the local communities