Plan Bleu launches a Call for Proposals to provide consultancy services for the Med SOx ECA

The Plan Bleu Regional Activity Centre (PB/RAC) issued, via its website, a Call for Proposals for the “Additional economic impact evaluation for the possible designation of the Mediterranean as a SOx Emission Control Area”.

PB/RAC invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest and submit technical and financial proposals to provide consultancy services to conduct economic evaluation for the possible designation of the Mediterranean Sea, as a whole, as an Emission Control Area for Sulphur Oxides (Med SOx ECA) pursuant to MARPOL Annex VI, within the framework of the Barcelona Convention.

The Call for Proposals is available here and this information is also posted on the following platforms: Facebook | Linkedin.

Sanctuary of the Pelagos Agreement: Fin whale without caudal fin in difficulty

For several weeks now, the ACCOBAMS Permanent Secretariat has been monitoring the progress of a fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) with its tail fin removed.

Since 11th June, the animal has moved from the coast of Calabria in southern Italy towards the northern Mediterranean along the Ligurian and Tuscan coasts. According to our most recent information, the animal is currently reported to be off the coast of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, in the Department of Maritime Alps (France).

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Monaco Blue Initiative 2020

The 11th edition of the Monaco Blue Initiative could not take place as planned in Monaco on 22 and 23 March, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

In a spirit of resilience and mobilization, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and the Steering Committee of the Monaco Blue Initiative, bringing together the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Oceanographic Institute, Prince Albert I of Monaco Foundation, decided to keep the momentum on this event and to propose the first-ever digital edition of the Monaco Blue Initiative through three virtual Workshops.

The objective of these workshops is to articulate a series of key recommendations which can inform the important global Ocean gatherings which are currently being restructured and rescheduled.

ACCOBAMS participated to the 3rd Workshop : “How can Blue Economy and sustainable management of the Ocean in the fields of tourism, transport, energy, fishing and aquaculture, be reconciled?”