[MARMAM] Tethys - courses on cetacean research and conservation in the Mediterranean Sea
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Tue Apr 10 04:16:38 PDT 2007
The TETHYS RESEARCH INSTITUTE announces its 2007 courses on cetacean
research and conservation, held in the Ligurian Sea Cetacean Sanctuary,
Italy, and in the eastern Ionian Sea, Greece.
The courses are intended for anyone wishing to practice cetacean
research in the field and contribute to ongoing conservation efforts.
Activities will include data collection at sea and lectures by
The 6-day courses take place between April-October at a cost of 575 -
880 Euro. Fees include room&board, insurance and Tethys membership.
Discounts for students.
or contact: tethys at tethys.org
Founded in 1986, the Tethys Research Institute is a private non-profit
organization specialized in cetacean research. Exclusively based on
autonomous fundraising, Tethys has generated one of the largest
datasets on Mediterranean cetaceans and about 300 scientific
contributions. Back in 1991, Tethys conceived and proposed the creation
of the Pelagos Sanctuary. Tethys has conducted longitudinal studies on
fin whales and several other cetacean species in the Corso-Ligurian-
Provencal basin, on common bottlenose dolphins in the Adriatic Sea, and
on short-beaked common dolphins and common bottlenose dolphins in the
Ionian Sea. Tethys has also done research on cetaceans in the Messina
Strait and in several other Mediterranean and Atlantic areas. Research
methods used by Tethys include the use of remote sensing and telemetry
data, the combined use of laser range-finding binoculars and GPS to
passively track and record the horizontal movements of whales,
population studies, bioacoustic research, photo-identification and
behavioural sampling, remote biopsy sampling for genetic and
toxicological analyses, and historical research. Tethys owns
photographic archives exceeding 100,000 cetacean images, that have
resulted in the identification of over 1,300 individuals of seven
Mediterranean species. This expertise has granted to Tethys a role as
regional coordinator in the former EC-funded project “Europhlukes”.
Tethys is a partner to the UNEP's Agreement on the Conservation of
Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic
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