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The published work of members of the Cetacean Alliance is listed here.

Some of the actions and projects by members of Cetacean Alliance are listed below.

For more information please check the web site of each member organisation in the About Us section.

 

The main activity areas of members of the Cetacean Alliance are shown in red in the map below.

 

Ongoing research projects

Below we list some of the research done by members of the Cetacean Alliance. The list is indicative and largely incomplete.

Ecology of cetaceans (particularly fin whales, sperm whales and Risso's dolphins) in the Pelagos Sanctuary for Marine Mammals. A project conducted by Tethys since 1990 with support from WDCS and OceanCare.

Ecology, status and conservation of short-beaked common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins around the island of Kalamos (eastern Ionian Sea, Greece). A project conducted by Tethys since 1996 with support from WDCS and OceanCare.

Ecology, status and conservation of bottlenose dolphins in the Amvrakikos Gulf (north-western Greece). A project conducted by Tethys since 2001 with support from OceanCare and WDCS.

Ecology, status and conservation of bottlenose dolphins in the Kvarneric (northern Adriatic Sea). A project started by Tethys in 1986 with support from WDCS. Since 2000 research and conservation action is being continued by Blue World.

Monitoring of cetaceans, sea turtles and sea birds in the Alboran Sea. A project conducted by Alnitak.

Development of technological measures for the mitigation of cetacean bycatch in Spanish fisheries. A project conducted by Alnitak.

Ecology and conservation of short-beaked common dolphins, sperm whales and other cetacean species around the island of Ischia, Italy. A project by Delphis supported by OceanCare and Tethys.

Status, conservation and life history of the sperm whales of the Hellenic Trench and the Greek Seas: distribution, abundance, social structure, population dynamics, life history, bioacoustics and behaviour. A project conducted by Pelagos since 1998 with support from OceanCare since 2008.

Ecology and conservation of the dolphin communities (striped dolphin, short-beaked common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, Risso's dolphin) in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece: distribution, abundance, habitat share by different species, mixed pods, hybridization, behaviour. A project conducted by Pelagos since 1995 with support from OceanCare since 2008.

Monitoring of Cuvier's beaked whale presence along the Hellenic Trench, Greece: bioacoustics and conservation. A project conducted by Pelagos since 1996 with support from OceanCare since 2008.

Status and conservation of the small Mediterranean harbour porpoise population unit: distribution, life history, genetics. A project conducted by Pelagos since 1998.

Monitoring and recording of the Greek cetacean fauna through strandings and sightings: species presence and distribution, life history, genetics and conservation. A project conducted by Pelagos since 1994.

Ecology, status  and conservation of bottlenose dolphins in Slovenian and adjacent waters (northern Adriatic Sea): distrubution, abundance, habitat use, social structure, behaviour, strandings and interactions with human activities. A  project conducted by Morigenos since 2002.

 

 

Awareness and education

Below we list some of the actions by members of the Cetacean Alliance. The list is indicative and largely incomplete.

All the member organizations of Cetacean Alliance (except earthOCEAN) organize field courses on whales and dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea and elsewhere, to provide interested people with an opportunity of actively contributing to research and conservation initiatives. To participate in these courses please visit the web sites of member NGOs.

Various education, public awareness and capacity building events are organized at the Losinj Marine Education Centre in Veli Losinj, Croatia. The Centre is managed by Blue World.

'Dolphin Day' events have been organized over the past 10+ years by Blue World, Delphis, Morigenos and Tethys in several Mediterranean areas.

earthOCEAN produced a series of educational documentary films called Whales of the Mediterranean Sea featuring the work of Alnitak, Delphis, Pelagos and Tethys.

DolphinPeople - A story featuring the work of three enthusiastic and dedicated researchers who study coastal dolphins in western Greece. The video highlights the importance of personal commitment to protect endangered marine mammal populations. Made by Tethys researchers and supported by OceanCare and WDCS.

Mediterranean Coastal Dolphins - A short video on the decline of coastal dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea, produced by WDCS and OceanCare.

Our friends the dolphins - An educational booklet for children in several languages. This was an independent initiative by Giovanni Bearzi. Translations made inter alia by members of Morigenos, OceanCare, Pelagos and Tethys.

OceanCare, Tethys and WDCS produced a leaflet and a poster on the decline of short-beaked common dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea.

 

Management

Below we list some of the Conservation, Action or Management Plans produced by members of the Cetacean Alliance. The list is indicative and largely incomplete.

Bearzi G., Notarbartolo di Sciara G., Reeves R.R., Cañadas A., Frantzis A. 2004. Conservation Plan for short-beaked common dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea. ACCOBAMS, Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area. 90 pp. (1.9 Mb) -- This 90-page document is the first comprehensive action plan for the conservation of any cetacean species at the Mediterranean scale. The Plan, produced by ACCOBAMS, was co-funded by WDCS and OceanCare and co-authored by researchers from Tethys, Alnitak and Pelagos.

Bearzi G. 2006. Action Plan for the conservation of cetaceans in Libya. Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA), Libya’s Environment General Authority and Marine Biology Research Center. 50 pp.

Bruno S., Bearzi G. 2004. Cetacean research and conservation in Georgia: background information and suggested actions. A report to the ACCOBAMS Secretariat. ACCOBAMS, Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area. 22 pp.

Cañadas, A. and Sagarminaga, R. 2002. Identificación de las áreas de especial interés para la conservación de los cetáceos en el Mediterráneo español. Volumen IV. Sector Sur. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid – Alnitak. Diciembre 2002. 604 pp.

Cañadas, A. and Sagarminaga, R. 2006. Plan de monitorización para el delfín mular (Tursiops truncatus) en Andalucía y Murcia. Sociedad Española de Cetáceos. LIFE02NAT/E/8610. 35pp.

Cañadas, A. and Sagarminaga, R. 2006. Plan de Conservación para el delfín mular (Tursiops truncatus) en el Mediterráeno español. Sociedad Española de Cetáceos. LIFE02NAT/E/8610. 136pp.

Gonzalvo J., Bearzi G. 2008. Action Plan for the conservation of cetaceans in Syria. Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas. Contract 39/2007_RAC/SPA. 45 pp.

Notarbartolo di Sciara G., Bearzi G., Mo G., Cozzi B., 2001. National Action Plan for the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Italian Seas: 2001-2003. Prepared for the Italian Ministry for the Environment. ICRAM, Rome. 161 pp.