Leatherback Turtle in waters of Ischia

Tartaruga liutoPRESS RELEASE - NAPLES, 04/08/2018 - Oceanomare Delphis Onlus and Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn together for the knowledge and conservation of the biodiversity of our Sea.

Last 25th June, the researchers of Oceanomare Delphis Onlus (ODO) within Ischia Dolphin Project – for the monitoring and conservation of cetaceans – encountered a rare Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), immediately warning the Marine Turtle Research Center of Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn. The event occurred with great timing, as the two organisations have started a scientific collaboration for the realisation of joined-up research, education and awareness activities to the benefit of the conservation of the marine ecosystem, with a special focus on great vertebrates. 


IDP 2017 Results

Gg 01PRESS RELEASE, ROME 14/05/2018 -  ODO publishes the results of Ischia Dolphin Project 2017.  The campaign engaged researchers and volunteers in 77 sea journeys, travelling 2540 nautical miles, totalling 674 hours of monitoring effort.

During the months of May until September 2017, 67 cetaceans’ sightings were carried out of 5 different species, with an observation effort of 71 hours and 194 nm travelled in the presence of the animals.

The striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) was encountered 29 times, thus confirming to be the most sighted species of the area, followed by the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) with 15 sightings and the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) with 14. A very welcome back species was the Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus) spotted 4 times; whereas the fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) was only recorded 2 times, and in 3 instances, it was not possible to identify the species.


Training day on cetaceans for the Coast Guard in Rome

formazioneCPPRESS RELEASE, ROME 10/05/2018 – Last Monday, Oceanomare Delphis Onlus (ODO) researchers delivered a course on cetaceans addressed to the staff of the Coast Guard in Rome.

This initiative falls within the Agreement of the scientific collaboration for the study and conservation of cetaceans signed between the Coast Guard of Rome and ODO (March 2017), which aims at cooperating in the research activities as well as in awareness campaigns supporting the safeguard of the marine environment and, in particular, of cetaceans inhabiting the waters off the coasts of Lazio region. 



Campaign Results of Delfini Capitolini 2017

DC13PRESS RELEASE, ROME 05/04/2018 - During the 2017 campaign of Delfini Capitolini, ODO researchers carried out 48 sea journeys, travelling 990 miles in 170 hours of monitoring the study area, which led to 19 sightings of bottlenose dolphins.

During the 100 miles travelled in the presence of the animals, about 46K photographs were taken, and thanks to a stationary hydrophone by Dodotronic, acoustic data was gathered of feeding and socialising animals.

In 9 instances, dolphins were observed interacting with fishing activities, a useful information for the study of interactions between animals and fishing practices.


IDP 2016 Results

Pm ProcidaPRESS RELEASE, ROME 26/04/2017 – Oceanomare Delphis Onlus (ODO) presents the results of the 2016 campaign of Ischia Dolphin Project (IDP), carried out between May and October in the waters of the Campania Archipelago (Ischia, Procida, Capri) and Pontino Archipelago (Ventotene and Ponza).

The project involved ODO researchers and volunteers in 81 sea journeys, travelling 4080 km and totalling 707 hours of research and monitoring activity. 45 cetacean sightings have been registered of 5 different species, with an effort of 67 hours of direct observation in 304 km travelled with the animals.


Mesoplodon traversii

mesoplodon traversiiMonday 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.






Dd 01The 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.  



IMMAs Workshop

Chania IMMA WorkshopThe 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.   




cnr eni 011Last 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 !

watching 01After 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.