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

Monk seal sightings in Egypt

Photo: A.M. Abd El Malek

 

This article first appeared on the “Monk Seal Latest News”. I thank William Johnson, Editor of The Monachus Guardian, for significantly improving our manuscript.  The article is co-authored by Mahmoud Fouad, from the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency of . . . → Read More: Monk seal sightings in Egypt

The unlikely tourist whale

(adapted from an article appeared in Italian on La Rivista della Natura)

A huge back breaks the calm surface of the Mediterranean in front of Jaffa, attracting the attention of Aviad Scheinin, of the Israel Marine Mammal Research & Assistance Centre.  It is the morning of 8 May 2010, and Aviad is surveying the . . . → Read More: The unlikely tourist whale

Aphrodite was born in an oilfield

Image via Wikipedia

Days ago we learned from the news that a team of marine biologists from the University of Haifa discovered a reef of deep-sea coral at a depth of 700 m, about 20 nautical miles west of Tel Aviv.  This is not the first time that deep-sea coral, also known as . . . → Read More: Aphrodite was born in an oilfield

The world’s two remaining monk seal species: how many different ways are there of being Critically Endangered?

(This article appeared on The Monachus Guardian, Vol. 13(1), June 2010)

“Critically endangered” is the IUCN Red List category reserved for species facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild: to be exact, a probability of extinction of at least 50% within three generations, if quantitative analysis is applicable. This definition fits . . . → Read More: The world’s two remaining monk seal species: how many different ways are there of being Critically Endangered?