[MARMAM] Announcement: Workshop on spatially managing cetaceans, ECS, Setubal, 7 Apr 2013

Peter G.H. Evans peter.evans at bangor.ac.uk
Mon Jan 21 15:42:26 PST 2013

Apologies for cross posting

The following workshop, sponsored by the ASCOBANS & ACCOBAMS Regional 
Conservation Agreements, will be held at the forthcoming ECS 

- A HIGHLY MOBILE ANIMAL GROUP"  to be held in Setubal, Portugal, 
Sunday 7 April 2013

Organising Committee: Peter Evans, Heidrun Frisch (ASCOBANS 
Secretariat), Marie-Christine Grillo-Compulsione (ACCOBAMS 
Secretariat), Erich Hoyt, Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, and 
Michael Tetley

During its history, the European Cetacean Society has held two 
workshops on Marine Protected Areas, the first entitled "Protected 
Areas for Cetaceans" was held in Valencia, Spain in April 1999, and 
the second "Selection Criteria for Protected Areas for Cetaceans" in 
San Sebastian, Spain in April 2007, in conjunction with the 
international conservation agreements, ASCOBANS and ACCOBAMS. These 
workshops introduced the concept of marine protected areas for 
cetaceans, the various functions they can serve, and recommended 
criteria for use in their selection.

The main piece of legislation catering for MPAs in Europe has been 
the EU Habitats Directive with the Natura 2000 network of Special 
Areas of Conservation for Annex I habitats and Annex II species. 
However, the Natura 2000 network has been of limited benefit for 
marine mammals in general. First, amongst cetaceans, only harbour 
porpoise and bottlenose dolphin are considered for SAC designation, 
and offshore foraging areas for seals have scarcely been considered. 
Second, many countries have been slow to propose cetacean SACs and 
where they have done, they often comprise only small areas covering a 
minor portion of the range of the population they were established to 
protect. Thirdly, even once an SAC has been designated for a marine 
mammal species, managing threats to that species remains a challenge.

The concept of marine spatial planning and the zoning of areas for 
different activities and with different levels of protection has 
become incorporated in the new EU Marine Strategy Framework 
Directive. Beyond the European Union, countries throughout Europe and 
adjacent seas are looking to ways to establish wider marine protected 
areas, although focus remains upon the coastal zone where potential 
conflict with human activities is greatest. This inevitably presents 
many challenges, particularly for highly mobile marine species such 
as cetaceans. In addition, the work undertaken through OSPAR and the 
Barcelona Convention on the identification of Ecologically or 
Biologically Significant Areas, and the development of representative 
networks of MPAs including not only national waters but also the high 
seas, is of particular relevance for cetacean conservation.

This workshop proposes to examine best ways to spatially manage 
threats to marine mammals in Europe and adjacent seas both within and 
beyond MPAs. Attention will be paid to the areas covered by the two 
Regional Agreements, including the area of overlap. The intention is 
to draw upon the direct experiences of policy makers, managers and 
scientists using case studies where appropriate from Europe and 
beyond; and to examine possible approaches to improve MPA management 
so that it can deal with the wide range of threats that impact marine 
mammal populations throughout their range. Emphasis should be placed 
upon consideration of large zoned MPAs and the incorporation of 
multiple species across marine taxa as well as more general ecosystem 

The workshop will run from 9.30 am until 6.00 pm, and will have 
session themes covering both Problems and possible Solutions, 
followed by a general discussion session. There will be a charge of 
25 euros per person.

Anyone interested in participating or offering a talk, please contact 
me at <peter.evans at bangor.ac.uk>. Further details with a programme 
will be sent closer to the date of the workshop to those who have 
registered to attend.

best regards,
Peter Evans

on behalf of Workshop Organising Committee

Dr Peter G.H. Evans

Sea Watch Foundation,
Ewyn y Don,
Bull Bay,
Isle of Anglesey
Wales LL68 9SD

Hon. Senior Lecturer
School of Ocean Sciences,
University of Bangor,
Menai Bridge,
Anglesey, Wales LL59 5AB

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