Projects and Activities
- Roman Dolphins
- Ischia Dolphin Project
Roman Dolphins is the research project monitoring the cetaceans frequenting the Roman coast between Fiumicino, Ostia and Torvaianica, including the Marine Protected Area "Secche di Tor Paterno". The target species is the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). The species is protected by the Bern, Barcelona and Washington Convensions, by the EU Habitat Directive and by the 157/’92 Italian law, resulting the only species, among those under the protection of the MPA “Secche di Tor Paterno”, profiting of a very high degree of consideration in terms of conservation measures. To date, 90 individuals were photoidentified by Oceanomare Delphis Onlus researchers.
The purpose of this project is to achieve a better understanding of the presence of bottlenose dolphin and the interactions with human activities along the Roman littoral. In particular, the study is developing a regular monitoring program to study the distribution, the abundance, the use of the habitat and behavior of the species, to produce an updated data platform and to evaluate the impact of fishing activities (gillnets and trawlers).
The Ischia Dolphin Project has an educational purpose with the aim to increase knowledge of the general public to meet the needs of conservation of cetaceans in the Mediterranean. Field courses are open to everybody who wish to share and work enthusiastically on the field. Anybody can partecipate. The Project is almost exclusively supported by the financial contribution of project participants. The money you pay to participate in the program will be used to cover the project running costs. The financial contribution of project participants is essential to allow ODO study and conservation activities to continue. Read Jean Gab's Diary, the IDP blog.
Monday 13 March in Morocco was found stranded and dead a 5 meter-long individual of Traver’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon traversii), one of the rarest cetacean species in the world. To this day, there isn’t any evidence of sighting these animals alive.
The individual was found on a beach in Torres, a location 60km from the city of Al Hoceima, north of Morocco.
The 11th meeting of the Scientific Committee of ACCOBAMS – the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and Contiguous Atlantic Area – took place in Monaco, last February 2017, with the aim to outline a three year-long plan (201- 2019) based on three strategic pillars: increase the knowledge of the status of cetaceans in the Area, reduce human pressure on them and enhance public awareness on their conservation.
In order to manage the plan’s objectives and priorities, the Committee has appointed 4 Task Managers with their relative support groups, called “correspondence groups” and organised in subject areas: 1) interaction with fisheries, 2) species conservation management plans, 3) functional stranding networks and responses to emergency situations, 4) protected areas for cetaceans.
The report of the 1st Regional Workshop for the Mediterranean Sea on the Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) has been recently published, which took place in Chania (Island of Crete, Greece) last October, and organised by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The event for the Mediterranean area represented the first of a series of regional workshops that IUCN has planned by 2021 in five more areas of the globe: South Pacific, the Northeast Indian, the Northwest Indian and the Southeast Pacific oceans, and the waters of Oceania surrounding Australia and New Zealand.
MMO/PAM ACCOBAMS School
Last November, the Parties of ACCOBAMS – Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and Contiguous Atlantic Area – approved an important Resolution establishing the ACCOBAMS International School for Marine Mammal Observers (MMO) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) operators in the areas of the Agreement. In particular, in the recent past, the role of MMO and PAM operators have been introduced, who are experts in charge of monitoring - with visual and acoustic techniques - marine mammals in the proximity of noise sources, and activating appropriate mitigation measures in real time, when applicable.
2016 ODO Research Camps are ON !
After a winter full of activities of analysis of photo-id and acoustic data, scientific workshops, and public outreach events, ODO researchers are back at sea involved in the two field research camps in the Mediterranean Sea: Ischia Dolphin Project and Roman Dolphins.
ODO becomes ACCOBAMS Partner
Oceanomare Delphis Onlus becomes Partner of ACCOBAMS - the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area - signed by 29 States (including 6 non-parties), and which this year celebrates its 20th year of activity.