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:: The MACETUS project was concluded in late 2005, and all the proposed goals were achieved. A resume of the main methodologies and results are presented here

A total of 273 days at sea were performed by the three teams of the Madeira, Azores and Canary Islands. During this period 32 tags (VHF/TDR) were deployed in the four target species. Pilot whales in the Canary Islands and sperm whales in Madeira and Azores provided valuable results and 30 biopsy samples were obtained for each of the target species on each archipelago (except sperm whales in the Canary Islands and pilot whales in Azores). Thousands of photographs were obtained for foto-identification purposes allowing creating or actualizing the catalogues of each species in each archipelago, as well the comparison between these catalogues between archipelagos.

 
The studies performed during this project helped us to increase the knowledge on the genetic structure, distribution, movements and habitat use of the target species in and between the Madeira, Azores and Canary Islands.

The analysis of the results indicates that these three regions share the same cetacean populations and therefore have implications on the managment and conservation of cetaceans in the Macaronesian region.

 
On what concerns to scientific publication the MACETUS project already has one article in press in the journal Conservation Genetics and three in preparation, apart from presented posters in Symposiums.

 
A “Networking group for the study and conservation of the cetaceans in the Macaronesia” was also created. The partnerships of this project are susteining this network, however, more partnerships and an active political role are needed for its official status.


 
   
   
 
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. The MACETUS project was concluded in late 2005, and all the proposed goals were achieved. A resume of the main methodologies and results are presented here

. Em finais de Junho efectuou-se uma campanha de mar conjunta, com o intuito de ...

. Em Janeiro deste ano foi efectuado, nas Ilhas Canárias, um Workshop ...

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