Who we are
The European Cetacean Monitoring Coalition (ECMC) is Europe’s largest partnership of ferry-based surveying organisations, consisting of 7 NGOs and research groups across 4 European countries with the aim of improving the conservation benefit for cetaceans through long term monitoring.
To improve the long term conservation benefit for European cetaceans through the collection and dissemination of high quality research and supporting evidence.
Map showing our current spatial coverage
Current activity includes monthly sampling on 31 ferry routes crossing UK waters (combined survey track length per month is ca. 11,000km), whilst our joint database includes data from further defunct routes, and dates back to 1995. New routes are actively being pursued to increase spatial and species coverage.
Our aim is to provide up-to-date and timely, population distribution and abundance data at a regional (EU) scale, from data collected by dedicated, repeated surveys along fixed transects using ferries as research platforms.