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Objective

WhaleSafe
Whale protection from Strike by Active cetaceans detection and alarm issue and Ferries

Targeted Species & Habitats

WhaleSafe

About this project

WhaleSafe
The Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals is a special marine protected area in the North-Western Mediterranean Sea. It is located between Liguria, France and Sardinia, and covers an area of around 90,000 km2. The sanctuary is the most important breeding and feeding site for cetacean populations living in the Mediterranean Sea and thus crucial for their well-being. The unique seabed features in the area, such as canyons, attract a large number of sperm whales that often emerge near the coast. Major commercial, tourist and industrial sites are also located in the area, and marine traffic (e.g. passenger, cargo and fishing boats) increases particularly during the summer, when the presence of sperm whales is also higher. Collisions and injured animals are consequently frequent and have a very high negative impact on the species, whose Mediterranean sub-population counts at just 2,500 mature individuals. The project wants to develop an interference avoidance system aimed at detecting and tracking sperm whales, identifying threats to them, and preventing collisions and other risks by issuing warning messages in real time to vessels in the area. A protocol for reducing the disturbance and impact risks is being drafted in cooperation with the local coast guard, and agreed by all stakeholders involved. After receiving the warning message, ships will be invited to apply this protocol and the coast guard will supervise its application. The system is innovative because it prevents ship impacts with the whales by monitoring and tracking the animals underwater, by acoustic means. This aspect is vital, considering sperm whales spend three quarters of their time underwater.

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WhaleSafe

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WhaleSafe
University of Genoa
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75.00

Discover Diving in the Highlands

UK Scotland Highlands Skye and Lochalsh
600.00

4-day Kayak and Wild Camp the Archipelago - Selfguided

Sweden Götaland
27.00

Sea Kayaking Trip in Medes Islands

Spain Catalonia Costa Brava El Montgrí, Illes Medes i Baix Ter Natural Park
54.00

Sea Kayak Adventure in the North Coast of Cornwall

UK Cornwall North coast
40.00

Alexander Shipwreck Dive in Ria de Arousa

Spain Galicia Rias Baixas Ria de Arousa
90.00

Whale Watching & Vila Franca Islet Tour

Portugal Azores Islands
59.00

PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Tossa de Mar

Spain Catalonia Costa Brava Tossa de Mar
38.00

Smuggler’s Cove Kayak or big SUP tour in Barrika Flysch

Spain Basque Country
115.00

Diving & Sightseeing Boat Tour in Cascais

Portugal Lisbon region Cascais
68.00

Try Dive in Montgri Natural Park

Spain Catalonia Costa Brava El Montgrí, Illes Medes i Baix Ter Natural Park
20.00

Seal Watching Trip

Ireland County Donegal Gaeltacht and Donegal Islands The Gaeltacht and Donegal Islands
40.00

Sailing Trip to Izaro Island

Spain Basque Country
New!
20.00

Nautilus Environmental Cruise in Vigo

Spain Galicia Rias Baixas
New!
40.00

Respectful Whale Watching in La Gomera

Spain Canary Islands La Gomera
40.00

Kayaking with Dolphins & Turtles in Tenerife

Spain Canary Islands Tenerife
35.00

Sesimbra & Espichel Grotto Boat Tour

Portugal Lisbon region Sesimbra
30.00

Surf & Wine Tasting Trip from Barcelona

Spain Catalonia Costa Barcelona
74.00

Wreck Dive El Penon

Spain Canary Islands Tenerife
35.00

Guided Kayak or SUP Tour in Urdaibai Reserve

Spain Basque Country
30.00

Sea Kayak Tour in Foz

Spain Galicia Mariña Lucense

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Highlands

UK Scotland Highlands

Catalonia

Spain Catalonia

Illas Sisargas

Spain Galicia Costa da Morte Illas Sisargas

County Sligo

Ireland County Sligo

Porto Santo

Portugal Madeira Islands Porto Santo

Svealand

Sweden Svealand

Rovinj

Croatia Istria Rovinj

Cornwall

UK Cornwall

Hemptons Turbot Bank

Ireland County Donegal Inishowen Hemptons Turbot Bank

Norrland

Sweden Norrland

North Wales

UK Wales North Wales

Jardim dos Nudibrânquios

Portugal Algarve Portimao Jardim dos Nudibrânquios

Porec

Croatia Istria Porec

Portnoo

Ireland County Donegal Donegal Bay Portnoo

La Gomera

Spain Canary Islands La Gomera

Tixoso

Spain Galicia Mariña Lucense Tixoso

Costa Barcelona

Spain Catalonia Costa Barcelona

SS Hildebrand

Portugal Lisbon region Cascais SS Hildebrand

Manacles Reef

UK Cornwall Falmouth Area Manacles Reef

Lobeira Islands

Spain Galicia Costa da Morte Lobeira Islands

Pednathise Head

UK Cornwall Isles of Scilly Pednathise Head

Pedra da Âncora

Portugal Algarve Portimao Pedra da Âncora

Lanzarote

Spain Canary Islands Lanzarote

Ponta de Rana

Portugal Lisbon region Cascais Ponta de Rana

St John's Point

Ireland County Donegal Donegal Bay St John's Point

Ibiza & Formentera

Spain Balearic Islands Ibiza & Formentera

Cita Wreckage

UK Cornwall Isles of Scilly Cita Wreckage

River Gurara - Popa

Portugal Lisbon region Sesimbra River Gurara - Popa

Jardim do Vau

Portugal Algarve Portimao Jardim do Vau

Brijuni National Park

Croatia Istria Brijuni National Park

El Hierro

Spain Canary Islands El Hierro

Spiros

Portugal Algarve Portimao Spiros

Aries Shipwreck

Spain Galicia Rias Baixas Ria de Arousa Aries Shipwreck

Umag & Novigrad

Croatia Istria Umag & Novigrad

Las Raras

Spain Galicia Costa da Morte Las Raras

Blasket Islands

Ireland County Kerry Blasket Islands

Lisbon region

Portugal Lisbon region

El Cabron

Spain Canary Islands Gran Canaria El Cabron

Inishowen

Ireland County Donegal Inishowen

Talland Bay

UK Cornwall South East Cornwall Talland Bay

Menorca

Spain Balearic Islands Menorca

Pedra da Nau

Portugal Lisbon region Cascais Pedra da Nau

Grianan of Aileach

Ireland County Donegal Inishowen Grianan of Aileach

Krka National Park

Croatia Sibenik-Knin Krka National Park

Arranmore Island

Ireland County Donegal Gaeltacht and Donegal Islands Arranmore Island

Tenerife

Spain Canary Islands Tenerife

Newquay

UK Cornwall North coast Newquay

Castle Beach and Silversteps

UK Cornwall Falmouth Area Castle Beach and Silversteps

Praia da Duquesa

Portugal Lisbon region Cascais Praia da Duquesa

Gran Canaria

Spain Canary Islands Gran Canaria

El Palmar

Spain Andalusia Cadiz El Palmar

Liguria

Italy Liguria

Costa Daurada

Spain Catalonia Costa Daurada

El Montgrí, Illes Medes i Baix Ter Natural Park

Spain Catalonia Costa Brava El Montgrí, Illes Medes i Baix Ter Natural Park

Falmouth Area

UK Cornwall Falmouth Area

Costa Brava

Spain Catalonia Costa Brava

Cap de Creus

Spain Catalonia Costa Brava Cap de Creus

Underwater Canyons of Maresme

Spain Catalonia Costa Barcelona Underwater Canyons of Maresme

Sliabh Liag

Ireland County Donegal Gaeltacht and Donegal Islands Sliabh Liag

Portnablagh Beach

Ireland County Donegal Fanad Peninsula Portnablagh Beach

Farol da Guia

Portugal Lisbon region Cascais Farol da Guia

Gobbins and Larne

UK Northern Ireland Causeway Coast & Glens Gobbins and Larne

Illa de Rua

Spain Galicia Rias Baixas Ria de Arousa Illa de Rua

Owey Island

Ireland County Donegal Gaeltacht and Donegal Islands Owey Island

Torre de Hercules - Punta Herminia

Spain Galicia Costa da Morte Torre de Hercules - Punta Herminia

Fanad Head

Ireland County Donegal Fanad Peninsula Fanad Head

The Quies

UK Cornwall North coast Newquay The Quies

Bota de Fora

Portugal Algarve Portimao Bota de Fora

Istria

Croatia Istria

Inishtrahull Island

Ireland County Donegal Inishowen Inishtrahull Island

County Donegal

Ireland County Donegal

Gilstone Reef

UK Cornwall Isles of Scilly Gilstone Reef

Pedra do Mariano

Portugal Algarve Portimao Pedra do Mariano

Fuerteventura

Spain Canary Islands Fuerteventura

Delta de l'Ebre Natural Park

Spain Catalonia Terres de l'Ebre Delta de l'Ebre Natural Park

Aiguamolls de l'Empordà

Spain Catalonia Costa Brava Aiguamolls de l'Empordà

Teelin

Ireland County Donegal Donegal Bay Teelin

Pedra do Leao

Portugal Lisbon region Sesimbra Pedra do Leao

Lough Swilly

Ireland County Donegal Inishowen Lough Swilly

Tossa de Mar

Spain Catalonia Costa Brava Tossa de Mar

Parque das Gorgonias

Portugal Algarve Portimao Parque das Gorgonias

Vrsar & Vuntana

Croatia Istria Vrsar & Vuntana

Malin Beg

Ireland County Donegal Donegal Bay Malin Beg

North Inishowen

Ireland County Donegal Inishowen North Inishowen

Central Wales

UK Wales Central Wales

Delta del Llobregat Natural Park

Spain Catalonia Costa Barcelona Delta del Llobregat Natural Park

HMS Scylla

UK Cornwall South East Cornwall HMS Scylla

Illa de Salvora

Spain Galicia Rias Baixas Ria de Arousa Illa de Salvora

Hatt Rock

UK Cornwall South East Cornwall Hatt Rock

The Volnay

UK Cornwall Falmouth Area The Volnay

Skye and Lochalsh

UK Scotland Highlands Skye and Lochalsh

Porth Rock Reef

UK Cornwall North coast Newquay Porth Rock Reef

Kornati National Park

Croatia Sibenik-Knin Kornati National Park

Majorca

Spain Balearic Islands Majorca

Pedra do Meio

Portugal Lisbon region Sesimbra Pedra do Meio

Tarifa

Spain Andalusia Cadiz Tarifa

Pedras de Portimao

Portugal Algarve Portimao Pedras de Portimao

Punta Socastro

Spain Galicia Mariña Lucense Punta Socastro

The Syracusa

UK Cornwall North coast Newquay The Syracusa

Forte da Baralha

Portugal Lisbon region Sesimbra Forte da Baralha

La Palma

Spain Canary Islands La Palma

Barcelona

Spain Catalonia Costa Barcelona Barcelona

Tory Island

Ireland County Donegal Gaeltacht and Donegal Islands Tory Island

Gemeos Grandes

Portugal Algarve Portimao Gemeos Grandes

Cape Kamenjak

Croatia Istria Cape Kamenjak

Causeway Coast

UK Northern Ireland Causeway Coast & Glens Causeway Coast

Gemeos Pequenos

Portugal Algarve Portimao Gemeos Pequenos

Illa de Ons

Spain Galicia Rias Baixas Ria de Arousa Illa de Ons

Pula & Medulin

Croatia Istria Pula & Medulin

Ponta da Passagem

Portugal Lisbon region Sesimbra Ponta da Passagem

Dragonera Island

Spain Balearic Islands Majorca Dragonera Island

Madeira

Portugal Madeira Islands Madeira

Cabo Raso

Portugal Lisbon region Cascais Cabo Raso

Mulroy Bay

Ireland County Donegal Fanad Peninsula Mulroy Bay

Ballycastle and Rathlin

UK Northern Ireland Causeway Coast & Glens Ballycastle and Rathlin

South Wales

UK Wales South Wales

Illa Coelleira

Spain Galicia Mariña Lucense Illa Coelleira

Basque Country

Spain Basque Country

Labin & Rabac

Croatia Istria Labin & Rabac

The Glens of Antrim

UK Northern Ireland Causeway Coast & Glens The Glens of Antrim

Jardim das Gorgonias

Portugal Lisbon region Sesimbra Jardim das Gorgonias

Malin Head

Ireland County Donegal Inishowen Malin Head

Causeway Coast & Glens

UK Northern Ireland Causeway Coast & Glens

Trawbreaga Bay

Ireland County Donegal Inishowen Trawbreaga Bay

Baia da Armacao

Portugal Lisbon region Sesimbra Baia da Armacao

West Wales

UK Wales West Wales

Portofino

Italy Liguria Genoa Portofino

Cinque Terre

Italy Liguria Genoa Cinque Terre

Garraf Natural Park

Spain Catalonia Costa Barcelona Garraf Natural Park

Götaland

Sweden Götaland

Algarve

Portugal Algarve

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