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JCDP Contributors

The JCDP is a collaborative programme led by the ICES Working Group on the Joint Cetacean Data Programme (WGJCDP), supported by stakeholders from a wide range of sectors with representatives from across the north-east Atlantic.  Inclusivity and engagement of collaborators from different regions, perspectives and expertise has been integral to the success of the JCDP.

Project Management

Image of three logos, for the three key organisations involved with the JCDP. Their roles in the programme are described in the accompanying text.

The JCDP is funded by DEFRA and managed by JNCC, in partnership with ICES


JCDP Development Steering Group

To help deliver the project, a steering group was established early on, ensuring relevant representation and expertise would be involved throughout.

The membership primarily comprises representatives from organisations which collect cetacean data in the north-east Atlantic, or have a need to use these data. Those involved include: 

Government and Statutory Agencies

JCDP Government department logos (grouped image): JNCC, Marine Scotland Science,  DAERA,  UK Hydrographic Office,  Natural Resources Wales,  Welsh Government,  North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission (NAMMCO),  Scottish Government, The Crown Estate,  National Parks & Wildlife Service, Bundesamt für Naturschutz / Federal Agency for Nature Conservation,  NatureScot,  Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute

A strong evidence base on which to make appropriate policy decisions is essential. Therefore, these organisations have a keen interest in the development of the JCDP platform and associated data products.



Logos of JCDP Contributors – Industry and commercial companies: HiDef,  SMRU Consulting,  RenewableUK,  Royal Haskoning, Oil and Gas UK, Hartley Anderson,  APEM Ltd, NIRAS, Aquatera, AZTI, Bureau Waardenburg / Delta Project Management,  RPS Group, Scottish Power

Industrial and commercial marine activities in the north-east Atlantic are varied and widespread, from energy production to extraction of resources.  Surveying and monitoring for species, including cetaceans, is a key aspect of marine spatial planning for offshore industry. There is mutual benefit in these data contributing to the JCDP, which will offer access to a growing evidence base and associated data products. These can then be used by marine industry in support of their own monitoring and survey requirements, to inform development.


Academic and Technical

JCDP Contributors – Academic and technical institutions: Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover, Instituto Español de Oceanografia, Centre for Research into Ecology and Environmental Modelling, Plymouth University, University College Cork, Instituto de Investigacións Mariñas, La Rochelle Université, FTZ University of Kiel, University of Aberdeen, Sea Mammal Research Unit, Galway-Mayo Institute of technology, Wageningen , Aarhus University, Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut

Countries bordering the north-east Atlantic have a wealth of world-class academic and technical experts in the field of cetacean research. The JCDP benefits from the specialist expertise, experience, and innovation from the cetacean academic community, as well as data collected through academic research projects.


Non-Government Organisations

JCDP Non-Government Organisation logos: Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, ORCA, Sea Watch Foundation, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, Sociedade Portuguesa de Vida Selvagem, Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves, Coordinadora para o Estudo dos Mamíferos Mariños,  The Wildlife Trusts, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch, Marine Life, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Marine Conservation Research

Non-governmental organisations such as marine conservation charities provide an important contribution to cetacean data through extensive volunteer networks and science programmes. Many of these organisations run surveys in the north-east Atlantic which have potential to contribute a significant volume of data to the wider evidence base and help in filling some of the spatial and temporal gaps that exist.



A desire of the JCDP is to support the facilitation of collaboration between data providers and data users. Data providers have an in-depth understanding of how the data were collected and what limitations exist, which is invaluable knowledge when applying the data in analyses. Those contributing data to the JCDP have a vested interest in ensuring outputs are high quality and appropriate, therefore, it is encouraged to consider collaborating in the pursuit of robust science from the JCDP dataset.  

The JCDP Data Portal and metadata system gives access to submitted data and provides facilities to contact with and collaboration with data providers. Please visit these websites and follow the links from there. 


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