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ESR 10:333-339 (2009)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/esr00189

Use of T-PODs for acoustic monitoring of Cephalorhynchus dolphins: a case study with Hector’s dolphins in a marine protected area

William Rayment1,*, Steve Dawson1, Liz Slooten2

1Department of Marine Science, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand
2Department of Zoology, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand

ABSTRACT: The 4 dolphin species in the genus Cephalorhynchus have small populations, restricted distributions and are threatened by anthropogenic activities. It is therefore essential that tools be developed for assessing these threats and the effects of management actions. The T-POD is a commercially available acoustic data logger. We evaluated the efficacy of the T-POD for addressing habitat use questions relevant to management by passive acoustic monitoring of Hector’s dolphins C. hectori in the Banks Peninsula Marine Mammal Sanctuary (BPMMS), New Zealand. Three T-PODs were deployed at 3 inshore locations in summer and winter over a 2 yr period (n = 431 d). Acoustic detection data were summarised by detection-positive minutes per day. A linear regression model indicated that season had the largest effect on detection rate (F = 81.95, p < 0.001), with T-POD ID (i.e. variation in sensitivity between individual instruments) also having a significant effect (F = 9.45, p < 0.001). There was no significant difference between acoustic detection rates at night and during the day (paired t-test, t = 0.55, p = 0.59). The present study provides further evidence to support the year-round ban on all gill netting within the BPMMS. We demonstrated that T-PODs can be used to investigate temporal differences in habitat use by Cephalorhynchus dolphins. However, several issues must be considered when designing such experiments; namely the mode of deployment, accounting for variation in sensitivity between individual T-PODs and the possibility of false positive detections from non-target species.


KEY WORDS: Cephalorhynchus · T-POD · Acoustic monitoring · Hector’s dolphin · Bycatch · Marine protected area


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Cite this article as: Rayment W, Dawson S, Slooten L (2009) Use of T-PODs for acoustic monitoring of Cephalorhynchus dolphins: a case study with Hector’s dolphins in a marine protected area. Endang Species Res 10:333-339. https://doi.org/10.3354/esr00189

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