Projects and Activities
- Roman Dolphins
- Ischia Dolphin Project
- Common dolphin Workshop
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.
“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.
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.
Results - Workshop on Common dolphin
Oceanomare Delphis Onlus – not for profit organisation since 1998 for the study and conservation of cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea - together with the Biological Conservation Research Foundation (BICREF, Malta) and OceanCare (Switzerland) - promoted the 1st International Workshop on Common dolphin in the Mediterranean.
The Workshop aimed at promoting a greater participation to the international dialogue and knowledge exchange on the Common dolphin in the Mediterreanan Sea, with a view to integrate the different scientific efforts and find new mechanism to strenghten the cooperation for the knowledge and conservation of the species, at local, national and international level.
IDP: 2015 Results
The 60+ sightings of 4 different cetacean species, the reappearance of “old friends” and the census of a new social unit of sperm whales have made the 2015 Ischia Dolphin Project (IDP) campaign full of great satisfaction and…. lots of work for our researchers and volunteers!
Festa of Friends of ODO
Nature, Art and Culture the highlights of the success of Festa degli Amici di ODO, which – on last 12 December at Marine Village in Rome - gathered numerous lovers of the sea, of dolphins and whales, in the name of their conservation.
Unicredit for ODO
We are very happy to announce that, for the second year, Unicredit has decided to support ODO for the purchase of equipment for the project ‘Delfini Capitolini’.
With the funds available within Carta Etica framework, Unicredit helps our researchers to study bottlenose dolphins inhabiting the coasts of Rome, in the sea area facing Fiumicino, Ostia and Torvajanica, within the Protected Marine Area known as Secche di Tor Paterno.
British Council in Ischia
Following a day at the British Council in Naples, during which ODO presented the world of cetaceans and the monitoring and research activities for their conservation in the Mediterranean Sea, a “writing competition” took place among the 100 students participating in the event. Students were asked to write about their ideas to contribute to the safeguard of cetaceans in our seas. The prize for the best three compositions was to experience “being a researcher for a day” on board of our lab vessel in the sea of Ischia, in the search for dolphins and whales.