The Joint Cetacean Data Programme (JCDP) was developed by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee to facilitate data standards, maximize data value, and strengthen evidence based decision making for cetaceans in the Northeast Atlantic area. ICES was brought on board to build and host the Joint Cetacean Data Programme database which mobilizes all at-sea data collected through vessel or observer/digital aerial methods. Resources and support for data providers submitting data to the JCDP can be found in the JCDP Info Hub.
The newly established Working Group for the JCDP is actively recruiting members. If you are an expert on cetacean data, policy and analytical techniques who is interested in working towards growing and promoting the JCDP dataset, and identifying priorities for uses of the data holdings to develop data products and outputs, contact Nikki Taylor. The group aims to hold their first meeting in September.