[MARMAM] new paper on Pelagos Sanctuary

Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara giuseppe at disciara.net
Wed Jun 27 08:32:33 PDT 2007

Dear all,

Apologies for cross-posting.  The online version of the following 
paper is now available:

Notarbartolo-di-Sciara G, Agardy T, Hyrenbach D, Scovazzi T, Van 
Klaveren P.  2007.  The Pelagos sanctuary for Mediterranean marine 
mammals.  Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems (in 
press). DOI: 10.1002/aqc.855.


1. In February 2002, France, Italy and Monaco agreed to establish an 
international sanctuary for Mediterranean marine mammals. The 
resulting Pelagos Sanctuary encompasses over 87 500 km2 of the 
north-western Mediterranean Sea, extending between south-eastern 
France, Monaco, northwestern Italy and northern Sardinia, and 
surrounding Corsica and the Tuscan Archipelago.
2. The Pelagos Sanctuary illustrates how the tenets of Marine 
Protected Area (MPA) design can be reconciled with the dynamic nature 
of oceanic systems, because its spatial scale was defined by 
oceanographic and ecological considerations, specifically the 
location of the Ligurian permanent frontal system.
3. By expanding protective measures beyond national waters, the 
Pelagos Sanctuary also sets a precedent for the implementation of 
pelagic protected areas in the high seas. The Pelagos Sanctuary will 
contribute to the conservation of the Mediterranean Sea at two 
scales: (i) locally, by protecting important cetacean foraging and 
breeding grounds in the Ligurian Sea, and by providing 'umbrella' 
protection to other marine predators in this area; and (ii) 
regionally, by empowering other conservation measures, such as the 
Specially Protected Areas Protocol of the Barcelona Convention and 
the wider goals of the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of 
the Black and Mediterranean Seas (ACCOBAMS).
4. However, because few cetacean species are resident within the 
Sanctuary, their effective longterm conservation will require 
large-scale management and coordinated monitoring throughout the 
Mediterranean basin.

Please contact me (giuseppe at disciara.net) for a pdf.

Best wishes,


Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, Tethys Research Institute
Via Benedetto Marcello 43 - 20124 Milano, ITALY

tel. +39 335 6376035, +39 02 29402867; fax +39 02 700518468

email: giuseppe at disciara.net
skype: patmos1999


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