Publications and results

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After 12 years of program, Cybelle Planète published a first report for the period 2009-2020. The latter makes a complete synthesis of the results obtained thanks to the contribution of ecovolunteers on the state and evolution of populations of animals living off the coasts. In addition, an overall program analysis allowed the development of comprehensive recommendations for participatory science programs at sea.

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Improve knowledge on offshore marine species

In general, scientists and managers need basic knowledge about animals living at large (eg counting, geographical distribution ...) and monitor the populations in the long run and on the whole territory. This information is a basis for decision making for conserving species and their environment.

The data collected as part of the Cybelle Mediterranean program allow to have:

> A field observatory : the recurrence of the trips in the same sector (Var, French Riviera) allows, in the long term, to follow the evolution of the populations. For example, Cybelle Planète collects expert level data in Pelagos Sanctuary since 2005, at the rate of 2000 km traveled per year on average.

> Monitoring of simple parameters over the long term : number of observations or number of individuals per km traveled, average size of groups of animals, geographical distribution of different species, photo-identified animals ...

> A photo-identification catalog

All this information, coupled with scientific data (eg genetic analyzes satellite data, bathymetry) ensure the conduct of biological research campaigns behavior, population biology and conservation. These studies data from participatory science on the same level as those from research.


Since 2005, about fifteen publications or scientific reports have used the data of Cybelle Méditerranée:

> The study of Grand Dauphin populations (Tursiops truncatus) in Mediterranean,

> The study of Risso dolphin populations (Grampus griseus) in the Mediterranean Sea,

> The characterization of preferential habitats large cetaceans (fin whales and sperm whales) and areas at high risk of collision with the merchant ships,

> The general study of Cetacean populations in the Mediterranean Sea and in the Pelagos sanctuary.

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