The common dolphin is dramatically declined in all regions of the Mediterranean Sea (where it was once abundant) and is now endangered of extinction. Therefore, our priority is to achieve concrete protection actions.
Direct conservation actions, such as the publication of the data collected on the common dolphin’s population frequenting the waters off the island of Ischia (Mammal Review 33: 224-252, 2003), contributed to the listing in the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and encouraged the Ministry of Environment to undertake specific protection measures.
In particular, we solicited and achieved the inclusion, and thus the protection, of the critical habitat of the only registered Italian population of common dolphin within the perimeter of the Marine Protected Area “Regno di Nettuno ” of the islands of Ischia, Procida and Vivara (NA). This was the first concrete action for the safeguard of the species in the Mediterranean Sea.