The Rugvin (Dorsal fin) Foundation was established in 2007, after conducting a two-year project under the umbrella of the North Sea Foundation (SDN).
The foundation has the following aims:
To achieve the above-mentioned goals and aims, the Rugvin Foundation conducts the following activities:
The surveys on the Stena Line ferries continue as described in the annual reports (Zanderink & Osinga, 2005 -2010). Observers spot cetaceans from the bridges of the ferries on a monthly basis. The total observing time is approximately six hours per survey day and each survey consists of two survey days. The first day of observation is on the Stena Hollandica, when the observers travel from Hook of Holland to Harwich. On the following day the observers travel back to Hook of Holland on the Stena Britannica.
We aim to communicate the results and activities of Rugvin in several ways and on several platforms, to make sure to inform and educate our target audiences. We continue to add to our list of communication activities:
The work of the Rugvin foundation would not be possibe without the support and collaboration of organisations and companies mentioned below:
Since 2005, Stena Line offers the Rugvin foundation the possibility to use the observation bridge of the ferries Hollandica and Britannica. Each month the crew welcome our volunteers enthusiastically and offer us food and drinks. The crew itself, who are well informed and aware about cetaceans, spot porpoises on a regular basis and register these sightings too. The Rugvin foundation is grateful and thankful to the management and crew for their support and participation!
Thanks to financial support and good collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature, the Rugvin Foundation was able to organize the first official porpoise scan at the Oosterschelde. Besides the Rugvin volunteers, fourteen “Lifeguards” participated this scan. The WWF enabled us to use several boats for the scan, and they contributed to the purchase of the hydrophone, which was used during the scan. The later scans were also financially supported by the WWF. In addition, the WWF made it possible to purchase the C-pods (which were used for acoustic research) and conduct photo-identification research in the Eastern Scheldt.