[MARMAM] Programme for Cetacean Spatial Management Workshop, Setúbal , Portugal, 7 April 2013

Peter G.H. Evans peter.evans at bangor.ac.uk
Sun Mar 24 04:56:00 PDT 2013


Dear MARMAM list members,

The following workshop entitled THE CHALLENGE OF 
ANIMAL GROUP, sponsored by the regional 
conservation agreements ASCOBANS and ACCOBAMS, 
will be held at the upcoming Annual Conference of 
the European Cetacean Society at Fórum Luísa Todi 
in the Luísa Todi Avenue  in Setúbal, Portugal, 
on Sunday 7th April.

The workshop will start at 09:30 and finish at 
18.00. There will be a charge of ¤25 per person. 
If you would like to participate and have not yet 
registered, please contact 
<peter.evans at bangor.ac.uk> as soon as possible.


09:15-09:30. Registration

09:30-09:40. Introductory Remarks

Regional Frameworks

09:40-10:00. Heidrun Frisch: Protecting Mobile 
Species: Reflections on recent efforts by OSPAR, 
HELCOM & the European Commission

10:00-10:20. Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara: 
Protecting Mobile Species in the Mediterranean Sea

10:20-10:40. Jeff Ardron: CBD & other approaches

10:40-11:00. Discussion

11:00-11:30. Tea/Coffee Break

Impacts on Cetaceans in a Spatial Context

11:30-11:50. Christopher Clark:	Noise

11:50-12:10. Ana Tejedor:Shipping

12:10-12:30. Enrico Pirotta: Recreation

12:30-12:50. David Mattila (presented by Brad Barr):	Fisheries

13:00-14:00. Lunch

14:00-14:30. Discussion

Case Studies

14:30-14:50. Mike Tetley: Addressing ecological 
coherence in MPA networks and MSP: principles of 
best practice

14:50-15:10. Brad Barr: Management of large 
areas: experiences from Stellwagen Bank, USA

15:10-15:30. Christina Geijer: Marine Spatial Planning for fin whales

15:30-16:00. Tea/Coffee Break

16:00-16:20. Peter Evans: Evidence-based 
management recommendations for bottlenose 
dolphins in the Irish Sea

16:20-16:40. Signe Sveegaard: From research to 
management: harbour porpoise conservation in 
Danish waters

16:40-17:00. Ricardo Sagarminaga: Managing activities in the Alborán Sea

17:00-17:20. Natacha Aguilar, Ana Cañadas, 
Alexandros Frantzis, and Giuseppe Notarbartolo di 
Sciara: A moratorium on naval sonar: from the 
Canary Islands success to the Mediterranean

17:20-17:50. Discussion

17:50-18:00. Erich Hoyt: Concluding Remarks

Organising Committee

Peter Evans		Erich Hoyt		Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara
Heidrun Frisch		Camille Montiglio 
	Marie-Christine Grillo-Compulsione
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 

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 considerations.

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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