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Research subject/title:
Whale-watching in the Mediterranean Sea and oil dependance (first step)

Project coordinator / institution in charge:
Pascal MAYOL / Souffleurs d'Ecume

ACCOBAMS Priority number (VIEW):

Project description:
The setting up of a working group to limit the whale-watching dependence on fossil fuel (renewable energy, change in behaviour) aims to ensure the sustainable development of the activity. In a first step, it is necessary to realise a literature review on the alternative energies which exist already or are being developed and that would be applicable to this project. Then, logistic and technical partners will be approached to carry out this project. In a third step, the amount of CO2 presently emitted within the Pelagos area by whale-watching vessels will be calculated. Finally, a working group will consider measures to be tested within Pelagos.


  • Tursiops truncatus
  • Stenella coeruleoalba
  • Physeter macrocephalus
  • Grampus griseus
  • Globicephala melas
  • Balaenoptera physalus

Study area:

Pelagos Sanctuary and adjacent water

Geographic Area:

  • Tyrrhenian Sea
  • Ligurian Sea
  • Gulf of Lion

ACCOBAMS subregion:

  • Eastern Mediterranean
Year beginning: 2007Year end: 2008

Ongoing project:


Main research platform/facility:

Principal investigator:

Delphine GAMBAIANI / Souffleurs d'Ecume

Investigator email:

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Project team:

Pascal MAYOL
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