[MARMAM] Filicudi Dolphin Project eco-volunteer, Summer 2007

monica blasi blasimf at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 18 08:40:27 PDT 2007

Dear Marmam,
  We are pleased to announce that the Filicudi Dolphin Eco-volunteer Project will be held again this year. The goal of the project is studying the behaviour of a population of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops Truncatus) in Filicudi island (Eolie archipelago, Sicily, Italy) and their interaction with artisanal fishery.
  The volunteers will participate to the research activity that will take place mainly on a boat. They will contribute with a fee to the project funding and they will have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful Filicudi island.
  The research project started in summer 2005 and very good results were achieved, presented in European Cetacean Society (ECS) 2006 and 2007 conferences.
  The programmes will be held in June and September and will last 6 days. 
  The dates for June programmes are the following:
  Prog.          Arrival                 Departure           Fee                        Days
  FDP1         04/06/2007         09/06/2007         € 200,00                    6
  FDP2         09/06/2007         14/06/2007         € 200,00                    6
  FDP3         16/06/2007         21/06/2007         € 200,00                    6
  FDP4         23/06/2007         28/06/2007         € 200,00                    6
  The dates for September programmes will be announced soon.
  The fee for each programme includes: accommodation in a typical Eolian house on Pecorini gulf, boat trips (only for scientific purposes). Travel, food and additional costs are not included. The fees will be used to pay for the research (boat costs, fuel etc.).
  The volunteers will have time and opportunity to enjoy all advantages of Filicudi island.
  Boat surveys will occur everyday (if sea conditions allow). The boat can carry three people that will have precise roles. The volunteers will be a maximum of four for each programme.
  Cooking and housekeeping duties will be divided among participants. 
  It is necessary to bring blankets and towels. A small baggage is suggested including: T-shirts, shorts, sunglasses, hat, k-way, swimming mask.
  Further information, can be found by e-mailing me at blasimf at yahoo.com.
  An e-mail or a phone call are sufficient for reservations. After booking you will have one week to confirm and pay the fee.
  For information and reservations please contact Monica Francesca Blasi:
  e-mail - blasimf at yahoo.com 
  mobile - ++39-3494402021
  info: www.coopmrn.com
  You can reach Filicudi:
  - by boat from Naples (Siremar lines);
  - by train to Milazzo (Sicily) and then by boat or hydrofoil (Siremar, Ustica Lines);
  - by plane to Palermo, Sicily (Alitalia, Air One, Windjet airlines) and then hydrofoil (Ustica LineBottlenose Dolphin Research Volunteers in Sicily (Filicudi Islann)
   No specific experience is required to work as a volunteer. Volunteers are involved in all aspects of the research and survey techniques. 
  Volunteers will help measure different aspects of the dolphins’ behaviour by using a variety of instruments, to identify individuals and  record behaviours.  
  The MRN (Monitoraggio Risorse Naturali) is an association cooperative private organisation founded in 2005 by a group of biologists, physicists and naturalists researchers in Italy, with the  aim of supporting conservation of the nature and monitoring through applied scientific research. MRN activities include monitoring, conservation, ecology and management of wildlife and habitats, protected areas planning and  management and environmental education and training.
  M.F. Blasi, E. Funari. Feeding behaviour of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and fishing activities in Filicudi island (Italy) (Poster). 21th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society. 22-25 April 2007 S. Sebastian, Spagna.
  M.F. Blasi, D.S. Pace. Interaction between bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and fishers in Eolian Archipelago (Poster). 1st European Congress of Conservation Biology, 22-26 August 2006 – Eger, Hungary.
  M.F. Blasi, D.S. Pace. Interactions between bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and the artisanal fishery in Filicudi Island (Italy) (Poster). 20th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society. 2-7 April 2006 Gdynia, Poland.
  Dr. Monica Francesca Blasi, PhD
  Cooperative MRN, Rome, Italy.
  Department of Quality of Aquatic Environment and Bathing Water, National Institute of Health, Rome, Italy


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