[MARMAM] Call for the conservation of one of the last strongholds of the endangered Mediterranean common dolphin

Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara disciara at gmail.com
Wed Oct 29 03:12:15 PDT 2008

Short beaked common dolphins /Delphinus delphis/ in the Mediterranean 
Sea are listed as Endangered in the IUCN Red List.

Intensive research conducted in one of their few remaining strongholds 
in the Mediterranean - an EU Natura 2000 area in the eastern Ionian Sea 
- documented ecosystem damage caused by overfishing, which also resulted 
in the dramatic decline of formerly abundant common dolphins.

Thirteen local, regional and international NGOs have joined forces to 
advocate fisheries management action to protect biodiversity and 
preserve fish stocks, which would allow for the long-term survival of 
artisanal fisheries and common dolphins.

An urgent CALL FOR ACTION was recently issued, where the necessary 
management actions are identified:


We would be grateful if list members can disseminate this Call and 
contribute to the ongoing efforts to ensure the recovery of one of the 
last common dolphin communities living in the Mediterranean.

Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara
giuseppe at disciara.net

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