[MARMAM] MPA recommendations

Martina Duras Gomercic martina.duras at vz.htnet.hr
Tue May 20 01:24:01 PDT 2008

Dear list members,

since 1995 marine mammals are under legislative protection in the 
Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea (32.000 square kilometers), i.e. it is 
forbidden to intentionally catch, keep, kill and  disturb marine mammals 
as well as intentionally damage and destroy regions where they reproduce.

In 2006 Croatia declared the establishment of a marine protected area 
(MPA), totaling 523 square kilometers, with a primary goal of marine 
conservation dedicated specifically for the protection of the bottlenose 
dolphin. At the moment this MPA is still under preventive protection.

To clarify the recommendations proposed for this MPA we would appreciate 
if you could inform us if there is any publication (other than Hoyt, E. 
2005. Marine protected areas for whales, dolphins and porpoises: a world 
handbook for cetacean habitat conservation) or website (other than 
http://www.cetaceanhabitat.org/launch_intro.html) with a list of 
legislative restrictions in any particular MPA worldwide concerning:

1. cetaceans
2. marine traffic
3. fishery
4. marine aquaculture
5. coastal activity.

Thank you for your help. Please send your answers to: hrvoje.gomercic at vef.hr
Yours sincerely,

Prof. dr. Hrvoje Gomercic

Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine University of Zagreb
Heinzelova 55
10000 Zagreb

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