European Cetacean Society – 2015 Conservation Award

On the 25th of March 2015 I had the great honour of receiving the European Cetacean Society 2015 “Mandy McMath Conservation Award”.

I was utterly surprised because the organisers were successful in keeping me in the dark to the last second, and deeply moved.

Dear colleague and friend Mark Simmonds undertook the . . . → Read More: European Cetacean Society – 2015 Conservation Award

Restoring ecological links in no-take MPAs is a good thing

On 31 December 2014, Peter J.S. Jones published this important opinion on the Open Channels portal, a recommended reading not only for marine conservation ecologists but also for anyone interested in marine conservation issues. By re-establishing natural links amongst the components of marine ecosystems, habitat restoration will bring about consequences in animal populations, such . . . → Read More: Restoring ecological links in no-take MPAs is a good thing

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

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