An Italian adventure! So here we are back from the conference that took place in La Spezia, Italy. At the 32nd conference of the European Cetacean Society and where Futurismo was present.
This year’s topic at the conference was the importance of partnerships for marine conservation, with the title ‘forging strategic partnerships for marine conservation.
Mediterranean countries’ They announced the first large-scale cooperation study in the Mediterranean in order to study the cetaceans in the whole sea; for this project that is called Accobams all the Mediterranean countries are participating including all continents; researchers, scientists, private sectors and government are involved in this huge project which is a really big victory for cetacean science.
area (Mid-Atlantic Ridge) of connection feeding and breeding grounds for Fin, Sei and
Blue whales, the main baleen whale species that we sight during our whale watching tours, some studies show that this place is vital for these whale species connecting these two grounds; in the Azores they will find a place to rest and feed in the middle of their giant migration.
whales both in the Atlantic and in the Mediterranean sea, with some very interesting results.
in developing countries where some studies are being carried out about the response of the animals to different vessel approaches; the conclusions were pretty much the ones we have already been applying in our company for a long time (key factors for a responsible whale watching are speed and angle of approaching the animals) and the result were mainly that the regulations are good in general but there is a big lack of control; for example, feeding the animals in order to attract them has shown a very negative effect for bottlenose dolphins. The key to deal with these animals and not disturb their natural development is to keep them wild.
was in marine conservation, some NGO’s and the star of the movies was… plastic.
talks and short talks.
project (www.vaquitacpr.org) is trying to save this porpoise from extinction but, it is very difficult, as less than 30 individuals remain.
The population is very fragile, they have tried to remove the fishing nets but despite a big effort that englobes even the Mexican army they keep appearing as the totoaba fish tried to relocate the Vaquitas, but they are very fragile animals. In this presentation many people spoke and Sea Shepherd was involved, but sadly it felt more like a funeral for this species…