European Cetecean Society

The annual conference of the European Cetecean Society took place this year in Madeira, Portugal from March 14th to 16th, 2016.

This 30th edition allowed the presentation of the results of the latest scientific work on the ecology and conservation of cetaceans, carried out by teams mainly from Europe in North America and Latin America. This conference also represented an opportunity to set up several workshops on evolving topics, such as the introduction of new regulations, or the definition of priority conservation actions, requiring political debate from the various stakeholders.


Alessio MAGLIO, Head of International Relations at SINAY presented the poster "Mapping of Anthropogenic Noise Hotspots in the Mediterranean Sea" on March 14, 15 and 16, 2016 at the Funchal Convention Center, capital of Madeira.


Alessio also participated in three workshops:

the first, held on March 12, 2016, entitled "Conserving Cetaceans in the Sea around Europe through Synergy-Building between the Relevant Legislative Framework" where he presented the current situation regarding the existing legal and technical tools for noise monitoring submarine and mitigation of impacts on cetaceans in the northern seas of Europe (Monitoring and mitigation of noise in Nothern European waters)
the second, on March 13, on the following question: "Threats to marine mammals in the Mediterranean Sea: how do they cope with human impact?" with a presentation entitled "An ACCOBAMS insight into the spatial and temporal distribution of noise-producing human activities in the Mediterranean Sea in the past 10 years and their potential impact on cetaceans ";
the third, still on March 13, entitled "Developing tools to ensure high quality MMOs in the ACCOBAMS area" with a presentation on how to approach and include Mediterranean countries and industries working at sea in the process of setting up measures for the protection of endangered species such as cetaceans (Define the ways Accobams will be convened by the Meeting of the Parties). This workshop was co-funded by the International Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Adjacent Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS) and the Regional Activity Center for Specially Protected Areas (RAC / SPA).