[MARMAM] Ship strikes from the Mediterranean Sea

Simone Panigada simo.pani at inwind.it
Wed Oct 21 08:32:48 PDT 2009

Dear list members,

The Tethys Research Institute is presently 
collecting data on cetaceans’ ship strike events from the Mediterranean Basin.

We are mainly focusing on large animals, fin and 
sperm whales, but data on small cetaceans will 
also be registered. This action is part of a 
project commissioned by the Italian Ministry of 
the Environment to the Agreement on the 
Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, 
Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area (ACCOBAMS).

The main aims of the project are to:

•        Synthesize the knowledge regarding ship 
strikes with large cetaceans in the Mediterranean 
Sea and place them in a global context.
•        Suggest conservation and mitigation measures.

We would like to collate information from 
strandings, reports by ships' captains and crews, 
and observation of whales carcasses floating at 
sea. We are also interested in information on 
live whales presenting evidence of a ship strike, 
such as propeller scars or open wounds.

We are in close contact with the Ship Strike 
Working Group established within the Scientific 
Committee of the International Whaling 
Commission, and we are aware of the global effort 
to gather similar information; the data received 
will be entered into the IWC database.

We have recently prepared a dedicated web page 
("www.collisioni.org") with information on ship 
strikes and cetaceans from the Mediterranean, 
together with public awareness material, available on request also by mail.

Any data you wish to contribute can be reported 
online at "http://www.tethys.org/collisioni/segnala_en.htm".
Pictures or videos can be sent by email to 
"collisionicetacei at gmail.com". Any picture 
provided would be very welcomed and would be 
posted on the web page with the author's permission.

Given the difficulties in achieving our aims, 
your contribution is extremely important and we 
would like to thank you all in advance for 
sharing your data with us. Every contribution 
will be fully acknowledged, and in case of 
publication all contributors will be contacted 
beforehand for formal consent and to discuss co-authorship.

Best regards,

Simone Panigada

Simone Panigada, Ph.D.
panigada at inwind.it

Tethys Research Institute
Viale G.B. Gadio 2, 20121 Milano, Italy
tel. +39 0272001947 / 0272013943
fax +39 0286995011
tethys at tethys.org
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