We are pleased to announce a new collaboration between Oceanomare Delphis and the Marine Protected Area Punta Campanella.

As part of the Life Delfi project and to limit the interaction between dolphins and fishermen, our association will provide data on the local population of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Gulf of Naples. To study the problem of incidental catches it is in fact important to have in parallel data on the distribution and abundance of the population impacted by fishing gear.

In the Mediterranean Sea, it is the bottlenose dolphin, due to its opportunistic feeding habits and coastal distribution, that mostly interferes with fishing activities. The species is protected by the Bern, Barcelona, and Washington Conventions, by the EU Habitats Directive, and by the Italian law n.157/’92 and is classified as “vulnerable” in the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) red list.

In addition to scientific objectives, the collaboration aims to spread the knowledge of cetacean species present in the Gulf of Naples, through education and citizen-science actions.