CCH - Cetacean Critical Habitats

Critical Cetacean habitat refers to those parts of a cetaceans range, either a whole species or a particular population of that species, that are essential for day-to-day survival, as well as for maintaining a healthy population growth rate. Areas that are regularly used for feeding (including hunting), breeding (all aspects of courtship) and raising calves, as well as, sometimes, migrating, are part of critical habitat, especially if these areas are regularly used. 'Critical habitats' are areas such as spawning grounds, nursery grounds, or other areas harboring vulnerable life stages (Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources, 2000). Critical habitat is identified under the US Endangered Species Act of 1973 but, to date, has mainly been applied to land-based endangered species.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

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Original title
Original abstract
Topic category
  • types_of_habitat
  • biological_characteristics
  • protected_areas
Sub category Cetacean Critical Habitats
Resource language English
Domain area
  • Black Sea
  • Mediterranean Sea
Provider Adriplan data Portal,MedPAN
Data portal Adriplan data Portal,ACCOBAMS
Presentation form Map (map represented in raster or vector form)
Spatial representation Vector - polygon
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      Temporal extent 2016-05-01
      Spatial extent
      Data accessibility
      Validation level Official data
      Additional information Data sent by email
      Metadata completeness Complete
      Notes Unless otherwise indicated, re-use of MAPAMED data for non-commercial purposes is permitted free of charge, provided that the source is clearly and fully acknowledged.

      Additional info - MSP - Environment

      Species, habitats, ecosystems, pressures

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              Additional info - MSP - Oceanographic and CC

              Physics, biochemistry, EOV, ECV

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                Additional info - MSP - Conservation

                Protected areas, OECM, IBA, EBSA, CCH, IMMA, ...

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                Types Recognised areas of protection/conservation value
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                Additional info - MSP - Maritime activities

                Aquaculture, fishing, transport, energy, ...

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                Activity types

                  Additional info - MSP - Coastal & Land use and planning

                  Land use, land cover, planning (strategic, coordination, operational)

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                    Additional info - MSP - Socio-economic

                    Living and non-living resources, shipping, tourism, energy, ...

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                    Activity types
                      Value types

                          Additional info - MSP - Ecosystem Services

                          Provisioning, regulation & maintenance, cultural

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                          CICES classes

                            Additional info - MSP - Legal, Governance & Planning

                            Strategic, legislation, planning, administrative, enforcement

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                                Who is in charge?

                                Additional info - MSP - Relevance

                                Relevance of the dataset / resource in supporting the MSP process at different spatial scales and temporal frames

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                                Relevance (spatial and temporal)