Blackfish off Cape Verde Islands: the need for future effort to assess distribution, Abundance and interactions with human activities

Cristina Brito, Inês Carvalho

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Abstract

The history between humans and cetaceans has been documented over time through reports and descriptions. Records of strandings and sightings of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) have been a traditional source of information for the study of species distribution, mortality and seasonal movements. In the Cape Verde Islands, large marine animals are usually found stranded or are captured by the local population, including not only whales, but also big fish and sea turtles. Coastal communities were familiar with the presence of these animals through strandings, direct capture or whaling. This is also true for blackfish, are a non-taxonomic group of cetaceans including, for instance, orcas and pilot whales. Historical records reveal that several species of small cetaceans were hunted and their meat sold and consumed in the Cape Verde Islands. Nowadays, dolphins can still be found quite regularly in the markets. Recent reports indicate that the remains of stranded specimen of blackfish are used for art, craft, decorative purposes and some are on display in institutions and private facilities. Cetaceans are very useful for assessing long term changes, once they are easily identified in historiography and their remains can be found, also contributing to present day biological and environmental knowledge and conservation. Furthermore, their remains contain biological information that can be extracted, keeping in mind its future conservation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationATAS DO COLÓQUIO INTERNACIONAL CABO VERDE E GUINÉ-BISSAU
Subtitle of host publicationPERCURSOS DO SABER E DA CIÊNCIA
EditorsAna Cristina Roque, Maria Manuel Torrão, Vítor Rosado Marques
Place of PublicationLisboa
Publisher Instituto de Investigação Cientifica Tropical (IICT)
Pages1-8
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-989-742-004-7
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Eventcolóquio internacional "Cabo Verde e Guiné-Bissau: percursos do saber e da ciência" - ISCSP-UTL, Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 21 Jun 201223 Jun 2012
http://capp.iscsp.ulisboa.pt/pt/eventos/congressos-conferencias/item/645-coloquio-internacional-cabo-verde-e-guine-bissau-percursos-do-saber-e-da-ciencia-21-23-jun

Conference

Conferencecolóquio internacional "Cabo Verde e Guiné-Bissau: percursos do saber e da ciência"
CountryPortugal
CityLisboa
Period21/06/1223/06/12
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Keywords

  • Cape Verde Islands
  • Blackfish
  • Strandings
  • Captures
  • Uses

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    Brito, C., & Carvalho, I. (2013). Blackfish off Cape Verde Islands: the need for future effort to assess distribution, Abundance and interactions with human activities. In A. C. Roque, M. M. Torrão, & V. R. Marques (Eds.), ATAS DO COLÓQUIO INTERNACIONAL CABO VERDE E GUINÉ-BISSAU: PERCURSOS DO SABER E DA CIÊNCIA (pp. 1-8). Lisboa: Instituto de Investigação Cientifica Tropical (IICT).