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Research subject/title:

Project coordinator / institution in charge:
Barbara Mussi / Delphis mdc

ACCOBAMS Priority number (VIEW):

Project description:
The main objectives of this project are: 1) assess the degree of residency of cetaceans in the study area 2) study habitat use and distribution; 3) examine the general cetaceans’ behaviour; 4) estimate the impact on animals of both fishery operations and recreational vessel traffic; 5) examine the social structure of the population and assess the production of calves; 6) estimate the population size; 7) study the acoustic repertoire. As well as the scientific aim of the research, the project works for the conservation of cetaceans on other levels: 1) promote a series of educational activities willing to make more and more people aware of the reality "dolphins", their problems and the ones of their habitat; 2) deliver any result to the local and international authorities, as well as to the environmentalist organizations; 3) protect and conserve the area.


  • Tursiops truncatus
  • Stenella coeruleoalba
  • Physeter macrocephalus
  • Hyperoodon ampullatus
  • Globicephala melas
  • Delphinus delphis
  • Balaenoptera physalus

Study area:

South Eastern Thyrrhenian Sea

Geographic Area:

  • Tyrrhenian Sea

ACCOBAMS subregion:

  • Central Mediterranean
Year beginning: 1991Year end: 0000

Ongoing project:


Main research platform/facility:

Principal investigator:

Barbara Mussi

Investigator email:

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Project team:

Andrea Borghi, Monica Mariani, Angelo Miragliuolo, Daniela S. Pace, Salvatore Ponte, Marco Venier

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