Introduce regulations for flying drones over marine and freshwater mammals
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Aerial drones (also known as ‘Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’) may be used for research and monitoring of marine and freshwater mammals, or for recreational activities. However, flying drones over mammals may cause disturbance and elicit an avoidance response (e.g. Ramos et al. 2018). Introducing regulations for the use of aerial drones in proximity to mammals may reduce disturbance. This could involve setting minimum flight heights, avoiding direct approaches, minimising flight times above the same group of animals, avoiding flights over animals with young, using camouflaged or low-noise devices and/or aborting flights if disturbance occurs.
Ramos E.A., Maloney B., Magnasco M.O. & Reiss D. (2018) Bottlenose dolphins and Antillean manatees respond to small multi-rotor unmanned aerial systems. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5.