Cetaceans watching ACOBAMS

Cetaceans watching ACOBAMS

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
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Dates / Project duration

June 2017 - December 2022 / 67 months

Field of action :

Study on climate change and its effects

Branch :


Location :

Mediterranean sea, Black Sea, Atlantic ocean

Project sponsor(s) :

Secrétariat Permanent de l'ACCOBAMS



The ACCOBAMS Survey Initiative (ASI) is a pilot initiative aimed at establishing an integrated and coordinated monitoring system of cetacean populations, at the macroregional level of the Mediterranean/Black Sea, in coordination with the countries bordering the two seas and with their participation.

The purpose of the project is to improve the conservation of cetaceans and their habitats, in particular via better integration of artisanal fishing activities and by promoting the creation of Marine Protected Areas, taking into consideration that the conservation of cetaceans is at the interface of scientific, environmental, social and economic issues. The project is consistent with the priorities and commitments of the countries in terms of coastal and marine environmental management and helps to reinforce international cooperation and the synergies between the countries bordering the two seas. It improves knowledge on the status of cetacean populations at regional level, in order to optimise and increase the effectiveness of efforts to establish a transnational approach to the conservation of the species and their habitats.

One of the objectives of the ASI is to establish a reference framework to evaluate the abundance and distribution of cetaceans at macroregional level. A synoptic survey is carried out during one summer throughout the area of the Agreement, combining visual observation methods (observations from ships and aircraft) and passive acoustic monitoring, with the participation of scientists from the region. A scientific experimentation is realized to validate the relevance of drone monitoring.