HELCOM countries agreed in 2007 to further develop in co-operation with the 1991 Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas (ASCOBANS) a co-ordinated reporting system and database on Baltic harbour porpoise sightings, by-catches and strandings. Data was collected originally in 2004 within the Baltic Sea Porpoise and Jastarnia projects. The original database was funded by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Germany and the data was updated in HELCOM Secretariat in 2010 with financial support from UNEP/ASCOBANS.
Download HELCOM/ASCOBANS harbour porpoise database (1 Mb Zipped access mdb)
Currently the database will be updated as new information comes available. Latest updates (2016 data for incidental sightings) to the database were included in February 2018.
The HELCOM Contracting Parties are asked to use this reporting form when reporting harbour porpoise data to HELCOM Secretariat.
HELCOM SEAL 11-2017 meeting agreed on this data form for acoustic monitoring meta-data, which can be used for reporting acoustic data.
The HELCOM Map and Data Service displays the reported data on harbour porpoise inside the HELCOM marine area.
Note: the numbers on by-catch represent a minimum of by-catches due to their common underreporting.
The following institutions have contributed data to the database:
DenmarkDanish Forest and Nature AgencyFishery and Maritime Museum
EstoniaMinistry of the Environment
FinlandMinistry of the Environment
Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research (ITAW), University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation: http://www.tiho-hannover.de/
The German Oceanic Museum StralsundThe Gesellschaft zum Schutz der Meeressäugetiere
LatviaMinistry of EnvironmentNature Conservation Agency
LithuaniaLithuanian Sea Museum
PolandHel Marine Station, University of Gdansk
Saint-Petersburg State University
SwedenMuseum of Natural HistorySwedish Environmental Protection Agency
OtherThe ESAS database
Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas (ASCOBANS)