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

Debunking myths on Mediterranean great white sharks

(first posted on 1 Nov. 2010; adapted from an article appeared in Italian on La Rivista della Natura)

Towards the end of summer 2009 the welcome news arrived that great white sharks still exist in the Mediterranean. A newborn female, slightly longer than 1.5 m, sadly met her fate in the bottom of a . . . → Read More: Debunking myths on Mediterranean great white sharks

The oceans are dying, long live the oceans!

Image via Wikipedia

This article was published in Italian on 23 June 2011 on the website of “Il Fatto Quotidiano”

A group of leading experts in marine conservation met in London last April to take stock of the condition of the oceans, and days ago a report with their conclusions hit the world’s . . . → Read More: The oceans are dying, long live the oceans!

Pelagic driftnets: a Mediterranean metastasis

This article was published in Italian on 16 June 2011 on the website of “Il Fatto Quotidiano”

It would be difficult to find a better example than the swordfish fishery in Italy for exemplifying what NOT to do as far as management of the marine environment and its resources are concerned.  In the old . . . → Read More: Pelagic driftnets: a Mediterranean metastasis