PostHeaderIcon Cetacean necropsy training in Cyprus

Cetacean strandings create an important opportunity for the gathering of much needed knowledge on natural and human-induced mortality of cetacean populations, and provide an available source for precious additional information, among other things, on the biology, pathology, toxicology and population genetics of the concerned species.
The training on cetacean necropsies aims at reinforcing capacity building in order to allow a better use of the Guidelines regarding the best practices and procedures for dealing with mass mortality events due to chemical pollution, noise and pathogenic agents.

After the first two trainings organised respectively in Bulgaria and Morocco, the third one is taking place in Nicosia, Cyprus (17-21 June 2013).

The training started by two days of theoritical sessions in the the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research of Nicosia, with an overview of the identification of species, the anatomy and physiology of cetaceans, the creation and management of a stranding network and the role and implication of the veterinarian within the stranding network.
The three following days were dedicated to the necropsy of female Tursiops truncatus, in the veterinary service premises, which have been found stranded on the coast.

The report of the training will be available on the website towards the end of July.

PostHeaderIcon Call for tenders ACCOBAMS/2013/01

The ACCOBAMS Secretariat is issuing a call for tenders for the rental of an aircraft with licensed pilot in the framework of the preparation of the ACCOBAMS Survey in the Central and Western Black Sea. Terms of reference are attached to the present Circular.

Please note that the deadline for submission of the tenders is June 20th, 2013.

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PostHeaderIcon IUCN-CSG

The Cetacean Specialist Group promotes and facilitates the conservation of cetaceans worldwide.
It functions as a catalyst, clearing house, and facilitator for cetacean-related research and conservation action. Their guiding premise is that conservation ultimately depends upon good science, and the group’s credibility and value are based on maintaining high standards of scientific rigor.
They provide advice mainly on the status of populations, abundance, trends, the effects of current or potential threats, and the efficacy of mitigation.
The current Chairman of the CSG is Randall R. Reeves, and the Deputy Chairman is Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara. 
Bill Perrin is the focal point of the Red List Authority, and there are three regional coordinators: Asia -  Brian Smith, Latin America – Enrique Crespo, Africa – Tim Collins, and Oceania – Nick Gales. 
Please take a look at their website: www.iucn-csg.org

Last Updated (Thursday, 04 April 2013 09:22)


PostHeaderIcon EC LIFE+ MIGRATE Project

In the context of the EC LIFE+ MIGRATE project, Ricardo Sagarminaga (Alnitak) and his team are looking for explorers and students to be part of their research teams this summer.
Please check out www.kaiexpeditions.com to sign up as crew member, or send this information around to students and/or explorers who you think could be interested in being part of these surveys that will help develop conservation guidelines and design protected areas for dolphins and turtles in the framework of the European Union Habitat Directive.  
The participation share and active participation of up to 80 students and explorers is what they need to make the Survey successful both in terms of data collection as in terms of creating a link between NATURA 2000 and the public!
And for those who cannot join them this summer, you can follow their expeditions on http://luisginillo.wordpress.com/

PostHeaderIcon Ziphius and sonars in the Mediterranean Sea

The Permanent Secretariat would like to thank the GREC, an ACCOBAMS Partner, for providing this article.

PostHeaderIcon UPDATE: Atypical mortality events along the Thyrrhenian Sea Italian coastline

The ACCOBAMS Secretariat has received a brief and important update on the striped dolphins mortality event occurring along the Tyrrhenian coast of Italy.

At the moment about 80 carcasses have been collected in less than 2 months, between Sicily and Southern Tuscany, more than 10 times than average of the period. Post-mortem examinations revealed that 50% of the examined carcasses are positive to Dolphin Morbillivirus and in 65% of the subject a common bacterium (Photobacterium damselae subsp damselae) with hemolytic and necrotic findings was isolated. The event is continuously monitored and studied and scientists are waiting for more results from collateral analyses to understand the real cause of the event. In fact, all the animals are heavily parasited and there is evidence of a poor and/or anomalous immune response (PCB? DDT? Prey depletion?).

As it is mostly known, Morbillivirus is a virus similar to distemper which already caused at least two previous epidemics in the Mediterranean. In the past, it did not enter the Adriatic sea, but last year, a sero-positive striped dolphin stranded near to Teramo. Dolphin Morbillivirus could infect also other species.

Photobacterium damselae subsp. damselae is a bacterium causing disease in fishes, but it has been reported also in human being.

Last Updated (Thursday, 14 March 2013 10:10)


PostHeaderIcon Live stranding of a fin whale in Kerkennah, Tunisia

The ACCOBAMS Permanent Secretariat has been informed about a live stranding of a whale on the Tunisian coast in Kerkennah.
The stranded whale was a female fin whale measuring 11.7m long with a weight of about 12 tons. The “Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer” (INSTM) scientists collected some samples and have observed some external skin lesions (cause unknown).
The Tunisian-Mediterranean Environment Assciation, represented by M. Wassim CHAABANE, in quality of President, was on the spot to try to help the stranded animal. He gracefully provided us with photos.
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PostHeaderIcon Amendments to the ACCOBAMS Agreement

The Depositary has informed the Permanent Secretariat that it received from Ukrainian and Spanish Authorities the Instrument of approval of the Amendments to the Agreement on January 2nd and January 10th, 2013 respectively.
The Depositary informed the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Countries Parties to ACCOBAMS.

PostHeaderIcon Movie on Pelagos Sanctuary

During 2012, M. Jérôme Espla, M. Eric De Keyserand and M. Gilles Machu have made a very interesting documentary on the Pelagos Sanctuary describing cetacean species evolving within the Sanctuary as well as the threats they face and the development of activities surrounding their presence in this particular area.
The film has been showed first at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco on February 11, 2013 and has been played on France 3 Côte d'Azur, a regional French TV channel.
If you wish, you can click here to see the documentary.


PostHeaderIcon Atypical mortality events along the Thyrrhenian Sea Italian coastline

Starting from January 4, 2013, local and central Italian Authorities have been recording an unusual frequency of stranding of striped dolphin specimens (Stenella coeruleoalba) along the Italian coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

To date, 42 stranding events have been recorded variously distributed in Tuscany, Lazio, Campania, Calabria and Sicily coasts.

The Permanent Secretariat was advised by the Italian Focal Point, Dr. Oliviero Montanaro who sent the preliminary report drawn up by CERT, MMMTB and BDS.

The ACCOBAMS Scientific Bodies and Parties have been immediately informed to request them for any concerning similar events possibly occurred along the Tyrrhenian Riparian States coastline.

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Last Updated (Friday, 15 February 2013 10:48)


PostHeaderIcon ACCOBAMS Strategy

Almost 10 years after its entry into force, ACCOBAMS Agreement has matured and the time has come to see whether the invested efforts resulted in desired outcomes and how to adapt it and strategically plan further work.

In this regard, the Fourth Meeting of the Parties to ACCOBAMS (Monaco, 9-12 November 2010) adopted Resolution 4.24 (english, french) which focuses on the development of a Strategy for the next 10 years period using the participatory approach. During this process, a need for synergy with other relevant  strategic planning processes was taken into account.
Currently, the focus is directed towards a wider public consultation. The draft ACCOBAMS Strategy, including comments received from both the Scientific Committee and the Bureau, is published here below.

Representatives of Parties, Scientific Committee, Partners, Sub-Regional Coordination Units, Agreements and any other person who wishes to are invited to comment the draft ACCOBAMS Strategy using the appropriate form below. The Form can be downloaded and once completed it should be sent back to the ACCOBAMS Permanent Secretariat ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
before February 25th, 2013.

The draft ACCOBAMS Strategy,which will include the comments received, will be presented at the next ACCOBAMS Extended Bureau Meeting (Monaco, 7-8 May 2013) and subsequently at the Fifth Meeting of the ACCOBAMS Parties (Tangier - Morocco, November 2013).

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Draft ACCOBAMS Strategy



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Last Updated (Monday, 28 January 2013 15:35)

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