The State of the World’s Oceans for Marine Mammal Habitat Protection

This past week at conferences in Adelaide and Sydney, Australia, with marine mammal and marine mammal protected area specialists from around the world, my colleague Erich Hoyt and I, in our capacity as co-chairs of the IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force, presented the map you see here to illustrate what is and what . . . → Read More: The State of the World’s Oceans for Marine Mammal Habitat Protection

Tourism could help saving Mediterranean monk seals, but if unmanaged it will only accelerate their demise

The pup shows no fear of visitors. Photo © Flavio Piccolomini.

With only a few hundreds individuals remaining, Mediterranean monk seals are the most endangered marine mammals in Europe and among the most threatened of the whole planet. Once widely diffused throughout the Mediterranean and nearby Eastern Atlantic Ocean, as a result of . . . → Read More: Tourism could help saving Mediterranean monk seals, but if unmanaged it will only accelerate their demise

A little seed of hope for the Patmian sea

I am just back from the Marine Protected Area (MPA) of Torre Guaceto, Brindisi, where I parted company with Michalis Pouliezos, Athanasios Panagiotakis and Nikolaos Giamaios, three members of the community of professional fishermen of Patmos, who are now on their way back to their Greek home island.

Inspecting the protected area. From . . . → Read More: A little seed of hope for the Patmian sea

Chronicle of deaths foretold – an update with photograph

Here is an update from my colleague Alexandros Frantzis from the Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute in Greece, who as been actively trying to investigate the full extent of the damage to the population of Cuvier’s beaked whales found in the waters south of Crete.

I recall that exactly in that area, which is well . . . → Read More: Chronicle of deaths foretold – an update with photograph

Chronicle of deaths foretold

It was bound to happen.

Some may recall the futile attempts by representatives of civil society last November, at the Meeting of the Parties of the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic, of ensuring that agencies responsible for the production of noise in the sea . . . → Read More: Chronicle of deaths foretold

Mediterranean Governments miss opportunity to protect threatened beaked whales

Cuvier’s beaked whale killed in Canary islands waters in coincidence with NATO naval maneuvers. Photo courtesy of Vidal Martin, SECAC.

The Cuvier’s beaked whale, Ziphius cavirostris, is a cetacean particularly vulnerable to the loud noise propagated underwater across the oceans, e.g., by military sonar and by seismic surveys to prospect for oil and . . . → Read More: Mediterranean Governments miss opportunity to protect threatened beaked whales

IUCN’s WCPA SSC Marine Mammal Protected Area Task Force launched

Dan Laffoley, WCPA-Marine Vice Chair, presenting the MMPA Task Force (credit: Oscar Manuel Ramirez Flores)

The creation of the IUCN Joint SSC/WCPA Marine Mammal Protected Area Task Force (MMPATF) was formally announced on 24 October 2013 by Dan Laffoley, World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara on behalf of the . . . → Read More: IUCN’s WCPA SSC Marine Mammal Protected Area Task Force launched

Illegal killing of white sharks occurring in Tunisia

How many different types of fishermen exist in the Mediterranean?

In December 2012 a large great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, got caught in a tuna net in Tunisia, near Sousse, and was killed by the fishermen involved.  A video of the brutal episode is available on the internet.

The Mediterranean population of great white . . . → Read More: Illegal killing of white sharks occurring in Tunisia

Sign the Petition and Help Protect Mantas

 

 

If YOU would like to help The Manta Trust to conserve both species of mantas please sign and share its online petition here.  You might have seen online petitions for these types of conservation initiatives before, but to find out what The Manta Trust’s petition is all about and WHY YOUR SIGNATURE WILL REALLY HELP read on… If English . . . → Read More: Sign the Petition and Help Protect Mantas

Pushing forward the Pelagos Sanctuary and the conservation of marine mammals in the Mediterranean Sea

I posted this article on the Open Channels Forum for Ocean Planning and Management on 11 November 2012

More than 20 years ago (1991), under the impetus of the highest concern for the survival of cetacean populations in the Mediterranean, strongly impacted by human activities (most notably bycatch in pelagic driftnets), with colleagues I . . . → Read More: Pushing forward the Pelagos Sanctuary and the conservation of marine mammals in the Mediterranean Sea