The ObSERVE project will “provide robust scientific knowledge with respect to protected species occurrence and ecology along the Irish Atlantic Margin

ObSERVE Aerial is a three-year programme to undertake extensive aerial surveys and collect data on the distribution and abundance of cetaceans, seabirds and other marine megafauna in Irish offshore waters. The project is being led by University College Cork with project partners Aerosotravia, IMARES, and Alnilam.

Surveys are now complete, and have been conducted in both summer and winter over two replicate years, beginning in June 2015. Additional coastal transects were flown in summer and winter 2016. Significant progress has been made on analysing the data and a draft report has been submitted to the funders in September 2017.

Offshore survey transects broken down into 8 strata. Coastal strata 6-8 were only flown in the second year of surveys


A sister project, ObSERVE Acoustic will collect passive acoustic and static acoustic data along the shelf edge.

Funding is gratefully acknowledged from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.