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PostHeaderIcon Training on cetacean necropsies

In the frame of the implementation of the “Work Programme 2011-2013” (Resolution 4.5) adopted by the last Meeting of the Contracting Parties (Monaco 2010), the ACCOBAMS Permanent Secretariat has planned to set up a training regarding the necropsies of cetaceans for veterinarians or scientists usually involved in this task.

In fact, 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.
This training aims also at reinforcing capacity building and will 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.
For this second training, the "Institut National de Recherche Halieutique" Regional Center of Tangier, Morocco welcomed the trainer, M. Alvaro Garcia de Los Rios, veterinarian, and the participants. The training took place from January 28 to February 1st 2013.
The training started by two days of theoritical sessions 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 necropsies of two Stenella coeruleoalba which have been found stranded along the Moroccan coast.

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PostHeaderIcon Photo-identification in the Black Sea


This project involved:

 (a) Developing long-term photo-identification programme that could be similar to and joined with the EUROPHLUKES project. The collecting of cetacean (mainly bottlenose dolphin and common dolphin) images should be standardized, carried out on year-round basis and applied to the whole area of Black Sea cetaceans occurrence. This programme should be concordant with the basic cetacean surveys and accompanied with appropriate training and other capacity building activities.

(b) The photo-identification datasets established earlier (2003-2005) and arranged as initial “Black Sea Fins” cetacean identification catalogue should be replenished with new data/images, gained within above basin-wide activities, and then analysed in the aggregate for the entire Black Sea and adjacent waters including the Turkish Straits System and northern Aegean Sea of the Mediterranean. This analysis along with results of genetic study should provide new knowledge on population structure, migrations and aggregations (including seasonal accumulations) of Black Sea cetaceans.

(c) The photo-identification constituent should be incorporated in subsequent monitoring schemes covering the entire range of Black Sea cetaceans. The access to Black Sea photo-identification datasets and catalogues of identified individuals can be secured by means of periodical publishing of relevant data on CD-ROM as well as online on a specially dedicated web site.

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PostHeaderIcon Module on cetaceans

To educate future actors and decision makers to issues related to the marine environment, is the main objective of the project. The teaching module is proposing to supplement the students' knowledge through a multidisciplinary approach and cross the conservation of cetaceans and is primarily aimed at training scientists from all Francophone countries of the Agreement.

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PostHeaderIcon Training & Conference Kit

kit_trainingThis kit is aimed at being a useful supportive tool for high level training. It is primarily designed for Scientists officially involved in Cetacean Conservation and particularly in ACCOBAMS implementation. The aim of this kit is to compile and synthesized the most important and most useful information regarding the Mediterranean and Black Seas cetaceans, in order to make it easily accessible and usable for the newcomers in the field.

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PostHeaderIcon Train the Trainers

img_8918rTrain the Trainers is an international cooperation and capacity building programme developed by ACCOBAMS with the financial support from the Italian Ministery of Environement.

The 2009 edition of the ACCOBAMS “Train the trainers” program was developed from July to October 2009 along the coastline of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. The base of the program was the classic fishing vessel Thomas Mac Donagh.  Three 12-14 day research expeditions were run with a crew composed of international cetacean experts and groups of 8 local researchers.

The “Train the trainers” program, 2011 edition, was held in Kotor (Montenegro) and Vlore (Albania) from the 11 – 15 and 18 – 22 April 2011, respectively. The program was organized in collaboration with the Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation (Blue World). The training content and associated presentations were developed in consultation with the ACCOBAMS Secretariat. The training was undertaken by two representatives from Blue World, Nikolina Rako M.Sc. and. Grgur Pleslić B.Sc., both experienced in the field of cetacean research and conservation. Training was intended for up to 8 participants from both countries, Montenegro and Albania.

  Train the Trainers Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia 2009 Report

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