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Projects and Activities

  • Roman Dolphins
  • Common dolphin Workshop
  • 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).



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1° International Workshop on Mediterranean common dolphin

“Conservation and research networking on short beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) in the Mediterranean Sea”
Ischia Island, Italy 13-14-15 April 2016

In 2003 the Mediterranean short-beaked common dolphin ‘subpopulation’ was listed as endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals, based on criterion A2, which refers to a 50% decline in abundance over the last three generations, the causes of which ‘may not have ceased or may not be understood or may not be reversible’.

Updated information on its occurrence, distribution, habitat use or social organisation in the Mediterranean Sea remains largely unknown and fairly sparse, with little published data.

In order to promote greater participation in international dialogue and scientific knowledge exchange (even not yet published) on Mediterranean common dolphin, by doing so, to strengthen both the scientific and conservational effort on the species locally, nationally and internationally, Oceanomare Delphis Onlus (ODO) and Biology Conservation Research Foundation (BICREF), together with OceanCare, are jointly organizing the Workshop.

The event will focus on current status and trends of the common dolphin in the Mediterranean Sea (distribution, habitat use, ecology, behavior, etc).

Visit the Workshop web page.

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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.


Since 1997, the research has focused on the submarine canyon of Cuma, a deep submarine valley which lies to the north of the Ischia island. Submarine canyons play an important role in biological events and are often areas of high species diversity because of their oceanographic characteristics. Main goal of the project is the conservation of the habitat used by whales and dolphins, habitat which is always more corrupted and threatened by human activities.

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