[MARMAM] ECS 2011 - fin whale workshop
simo.pani at inwind.it
Tue Feb 8 01:06:09 PST 2011
Workshop: Fin whales research and conservation in the Mediterranean Sea
Cádiz, Sunday 20th March 2011, 08:00-16:30
25th Annual Conference of the
Cetacean Society (www.europeancetaceansociety.eu)
Cádiz, Spain, 21st to 23rd March 2011
The 2006 IUCN/ACCOBAMS Workshop assessed the
status of the Mediterranean fin whales as Data
Deficient according to the IUCN Red List
criteria; an updated assessment was submitted in
2010 suggesting Vulnerable as classification.
Since this evaluation, new data are available on this large cetacean specie.
Recent research projects on fin whales (e.g.
population identity from Castellote 2009, Spanish
network of MPAs LIFE+ INDEMARES 2009-2013, aerial
surveys in the Ligurian Sea from Panigada and
Lauriano, satellite tagging, update on fin whales
genetics since Bérubé 1998, ship strike Panigada
) would allow a better evaluation of the
status of this species in the Mediterranean Sea.
For these highly migratory species, moving over
national and international waters, creating
integrated basin-wide conservation plan and
monitoring programme is essential to develop and
implement proper conservation measures.
This workshop will aim to review and summarize
the current knowledge on the ecology, presence
and distribution of fin whales in the ACCOBAMS
area in order to define the current gaps that are
critical for its proper conservation.
Distribution ranges, seasonal movements or
migration, population estimates and structure,
habitat use, behavior and conservation threats
will be addressed. All different topics will be
discussed, evaluated and framed within the needs
of the managing agencies of Mediterranean
Countries (ACCOBAMS, EU (Marine Strategy
Framework Directive), etc.). Gaps in the
knowledge on the ecology of fin whales in the
Mediterranean Sea will be identified and listed,
based on their priority for conservation
management. Funding and research needs to cover
these identified gaps will be defined in an
effort to promote coordination between
Mediterranean countries, Institutes and researchers.
* Review and update the knowledge on fin whales in the Mediterranean Sea
* Identify data gaps and research needed.
* Draw the baseline of a Mediterranean
collaboration and data exchange network on large cetacean
* Draft integrated conservation and management plans for the whole basin.
Expected Outcome: final report including the following items:
* A list of experts by research topic, as
well as conservation managers from different
countries, related to the conservation of fin
whales in the Mediterranean basin,
* The list of identified gaps and their
priority for conservation management,
* The definition of funding and research needs
* A joint work plan for coordinated research in the ACCOBAMS area
* Draft integrated conservation and
management plans for the whole Mediterranean basin.
Number of participants: 30-40 pers. Full day.
Organisers: Pauline Gauffier, Simone Panigada,
Manolo Castellote and Renaud de Stephanis
email: <mailto:panigada at inwind.it>panigada at inwind.it
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