EU-wide monitoring methods and systems of surveillance for species and habitats of Community interest
A research project funded by the European Union 
Participatory Monitoring Networks in Europe

1. Name of Organisation:
Forschungs- und Technologiezentrum Westküste
1a. Your e-mail:
2. Organisation address:
Hafentoern 1 25761 Buesum Germany
2a. Country:  
3. What geographical area does your organisation cover?
An area within a country 12 nautical mile zone of the German coast
A country German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) 
Other countries
4. When did your organisation start?
5. How many paid staff are in your organisation?
6a. Can members of the public (ordinary people) join your organisation?
6b. If Yes, how many members of the public (ordinary people) currently belong to your organisation?
6c. Do members of the public who have joined your organisation pay a membership fee?
6d. If some members do not have to pay a fee, please explain why
7a. What aspects of biodiversity your organisation monitors?
Insects Amphibians Fish Birds Mammals Plants Reptiles
Habitats coastal and oceanic waters
7b. Please provide a brief description of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring activities.
-aerial surveys to estimate abundance and distribution of marine mammals (mainly common seals and harbour porpoises) -collection of voluntary observer data on the occurrence of cetaceans (mainly harbour porpoise) -conducting a stranding network for stranded cetaceans and pinnipeds (mainly common seals and harbour porpoise) along the German coastline
8. How long has your organisation carried out biodiversity monitoring activities?
9. Are any of your organisation's monitoring activities carried out in collaboration with another organisation/s?
10. If Yes, please give the name(s) of the organisation(s)
Bundesforschungsanstalt für Fischerei, Palmaille 9, Hamburg, Germany Sea Mammal Research Unit, St. Andrews, Scotland, UK
11. Do you supply or pass on your monitoring data to other organisations?
12. If Yes, please give the name of the organisation(s)
13. Are your monitoring data published in a regular report?
14. Are the report(s) available on the internet?
14b. Internet address of report(s):
15. Do volunteers contribute to your organisation's monitoring activities?
16. Do volunteers have to be members?
17. Please estimate the proportion of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring data that is provided by:
(a) Your organisation's staff 85 % 
(b) Volunteers who are members 0 % 
(c) Volunteers who are not members 15 % 
TOTAL 100 % 
18. How long has your organisation used volunteers to assist with monitoring activities?
11-20 years
19. What biodiversity monitoring information does your organisation ask volunteers to collect? Please list this information:
-observations of cetaceans in German waters: species, group size, behaviour, weather conditions at time of sighting, location (GPS), presence of calves -information on stranded (dead) marine mammals along the German coast (volunteers are asked to contact the institute)
20. Does your organisation have enough volunteers for its biodiversity monitoring?
21. If no, please explain why
22. What do you think motivates people to contribute to your organisation's biodiversity monitoring schemes (e.g. hands-on experience)? Please list:
-interest in wildlife
23. What methods does your organisation use to recruit volunteers?
Articles (newspapers, magazines etc.) Advertisements in newspapers, magazines etc.
Internet/e-mail Invitations sent through the post
Word of mouth Open days, workshops, activity days
Radio/T.V. Other
cooperation with a NGO (Gesellschaft zum Schutz für Meeressäugetiere e.V.)
24. Do volunteers receive any financial support (i.e. expense payments)?
25. What proportion of volunteers have formal environmental training? (e. g. field courses, university degree in biology, ecology etc.)
26a. Does your organisation provide any training for volunteers?
26b. If Yes, please describe what training is given to volunteers.
27a. Does your organisation validate the data received from volunteers?
27b. If yes, how are the data validated?
stranded animals are examined by a vet and information on size, sex, health status is validated.
28. Does your organisation provide feedback to volunteers who contribute to your organisations monitoring activities?
Additional comments:
-the strandings network is mostly based on paid employees of different organisations. They are trained. -the sightings scheme is based on volunteers with a wide range of different backgrounds. Their training is limited or very variable. The data is of limited value for biodiversity investigations as it is difficult to identify cetacean species at sea without proper training.

 Contract number: 006463