ACCOBAMS SURVEY INITIATIVE

ACCOBAMS

Project type : Research
Subtype : Monitoring

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The data available to date on cetaceans in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea is not sufficient to provide a complete picture of the abundance and distribution of these species. Yet, such a regional overview is crucial due to the migratory nature of cetaceans. Against the uncertain effects of climate change and a foreseen increase in human activity, ensuring continuous monitoring of the status of cetacean populations in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean has become an urgent task. It is in this context that the Parties to ACCOBAMS have launched the ACCOBAMS Survey Initiative (ASI), an ambitious project to monitor cetaceans at the macro-regional level within the Agreement area, which will pave the way for improving conservation efforts for these species. With a view to optimising cetacean monitoring efforts over the long term, the ASI aims to establish an integrated and coordinated cetacean monitoring system, based on an unprecedented region-wide census of these species in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The objective of acquiring knowledge comes together with a strong will of providing capacity building for scientists and national experts. The project also contributes to improving regional cooperation efforts, a key success factor in cetacean conservation. It is part of the international commitments undertaken by countries to protect biodiversity and the marine environment, and helps to strengthen their environmental policies. Launched late 2016 during the 6th Meeting of the ACCOBAMS Parties, the ASI will carry out, during summer 2018, cetacean surveys throughout the Mediterranean using a harmonised monitoring methodology, involving scientists and experts from all riparian countries. Robust data will be collected on the distribution and abundance of cetaceans, resulting in the definition of a baseline framework for the species concerned. An information management system will be put in place to centralise this data and make it available to users. The results of this large-scale field operation will support the development and adoption of local conservation activities, such as promoting marine protected areas. The data gathered will help to characterise the interactions between humans and cetaceans and to develop appropriate mitigation and management measures for these species. The resources deployed throughout the project will enable joint initiatives to be extended and contribute to strengthening, in certain countries, the resources allocated to cetacean conservation and cohesion on these issues.
  • Country : OTHER, ALBANIA, ALGERIA, BOSNIA, CROATIA, CYPRUS, EGYPT, FRANCE, GEORGIA, GREECE, ISRAEL, ITALY, LEBANON, LIBYA, MALTA, MONACO, MONTENEGRO, MOROCCO, PORTUGAL, ROMANIA, RUSSIA, SLOVENIA, SPAIN, SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC, TUNISIA, TURKEY, UKRAINE
  • Institution involved :ACCOBAMS Parties ACCOBAMS Steering Committee ASI Contact Group Members
  • Contact: Belmont Julie
  • Keywords: Large-scale survey Mediterranean Sea Black Sea Capacity-building Aerial surveys regional cooperation
  • Source of funding and cofunding: MAVA Foundation Fondation Prince Albert 2 de Monaco Contracting Parties France, Spain, Italy, Monaco ACCOBAMS Secretariat
  • Project status: ON-GOING
  • Starting Year: 2017
  • End Year: 2020
  • Med - Eastern Basin: Adriatic Sea
  • Med - Eastern Basin: Aegean Sea
  • Med - Eastern Basin: Ionian Sea
  • Med - Eastern Basin: South East of the Basin
  • Med - Eastern Basin: South West of the Basin
  • Med - Western Basin: North West of the Basin
  • Med - Western Basin: South of the Basin
  • Med - Western Basin: Thyrrhenian Sea
  • Mesoplodon densirostris
  • Others
  • Bottlenose Dolphin, tuyiin
  • Cuvier's Beaked Whale
  • Dwarf sperm whale
  • False Killer Whale
  • Fin Whale
  • Harbour Porpoise
  • Humpback Whale
  • Killer whale
  • Long-finned pilot whale
  • Minke Whale
  • Northern Right Whale
  • Risso's Dolphin, Grey Dolphin, tuyiin
  • Rough-toothed Dolphin
  • Sei Whale
  • Short-beaked common dolphin, Common Dolphin
  • Sperm Whale
  • Striped Dolphin
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