Research Expeditions

Research and field work

27 years spent on cetaceans research in the waters of the Islands of Ischia, Procida and Capri (Archipelago Campano, Italy) and the Islands of Ventotene and Ponza (Archipelago Pontino, Italy, led to the establishment of a Marine Protected Area dedicated to the critical habitat of the short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis), the common dolphin Mediterranean sub-population was listed as endangered in the IUCN Red List. 

In October 2016, during the first IMMA Regional Workshop for the Mediterranean organized by the IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force Oceanomare Delphis nominated the waters of Ischia and Ventotene and the Campanian and Pontino archipelagos as Important Marine Mammals Areas (IMMAs).
After one year, in October 2017 both areas were officially recognized as IMMAs.


Ischia Dolphin Project


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Jean Gab is sailing in the waters of the central Tyrrhenian sea off the island of Ischia, Procida, Capri, Ventotene and Ponza.

The main objective of Ischia Dolphin Project is to identify key areas (areas of feeding and reproduction) as well as ecological corridors used by cetaceans during their migration in the Mediterranean basin. The areas identified will be brought to the attention of politicians and leaders, suggesting methods for their protection and management.

The project has an educational and public awareness purposes with the idea to increase knowledge of the general public to meet the needs of conservation of whales and dolphins in the Mediterranean.

Cetaceans camps are open to everybody who wish to share and work enthusiastically on the field.

Anybody can participate.



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