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Research subject/title:
Ionian Dolphin Project

Project coordinator / institution in charge:
Giovanni Bearzi / Tethys Research Institute

ACCOBAMS Priority number (VIEW):
2, 4, 12

Project description:
The project investigates the status, population dynamics, ecology, behaviour and interactions with fisheries of common bottlenose dolphins Tursiops truncatus and short-beaked common dolphins Delphinus delphis in the eastern Ionian Sea (western Greece). Research is being conducted in the waters surrounding the island of Kalamos since 1991, in the Amvrakikos Gulf since 2001 and in the Gulf of Corinth since 2009. Public awareness, education and capacity building actions are important components of the project, that aims to promote dolphin conservation in areas where human impact jeopardizes the survival of dolphins and other marine megafauna.


  • Tursiops truncatus
  • Stenella coeruleoalba
  • Delphinus delphis

Study area:

Western Greece

Geographic Area:

  • Ionian Sea

ACCOBAMS subregion:

  • Eastern Mediterranean
Year beginning: 1991Year end: 0000

Ongoing project:


Main research platform/facility:

Principal investigator:

Giovanni Bearzi

Investigator email:


Project team:

Joan Gonzalvo, Stefano Agazzi, Silvia Bonizzoni, Marina Costa, Chiara Piroddi, Elena Politi, Annalise Petroselli and a number of other collaborators.

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