This project wants to contribute to marine mammals’ conservation by watching and studying whales and dolphins in northern Italy, in the Mediterranean Whale Sanctuary.
In November 1999, France, Italy and the Principality of Monaco signed a joint declaration in Rome, creating the Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean marine mammals, the first marine protected area in international waters. The Cetacean Sanctuary Research (CSR) — established in 1990 — is a long-term project focusing on the ecology, behaviour, feeding habits and conservation of the cetacean species living in the Pelagos Sanctuary, including fin whales, sperm whales, striped dolphins, long-finned pilot whales, and Risso’s dolphins. Through this long-term research, the project contributes to 1) inform on relevant management actions, 2) promote marine conservation in Italy, and 3) support conservation efforts in the wider Mediterranean region.
The project organizes a research field station on board their motorsailer every year between May and September welcoming volunteers interested in cetacean work, who would like to help with the research work, to stay for one week learning about the project and about cetacean study techniques.