[MARMAM] new paper on Pelagos Sanctuary
Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara
giuseppe at disciara.net
Wed Jun 27 08:32:33 PDT 2007
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
Please contact me (giuseppe at disciara.net) for a pdf.
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
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