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PELAGOS SANCTUARY

Three Countries, one goal

To ensure a favourable conservation status of marine mammals by protecting them

and their habitats from direct or indirect negative impacts of human activities

ABOUT US

A cross-border Sanctuary for the saveguard of marine biodiversity

On the 25th of November 1999, the Pelagos Agreement was signed in Rome by France, Italy and the Principality of Monaco.

Having come into effect on February 21th 2002, the main role of the Pelagos Agreement is to promote harmonised actions and management measures for the protection of cetaceans and their habitats against all causes of human-induced disturbance and mortality (e.g., pollution, noise, accidental capture, injury, etc).

SPECIES

8 species of whales and dolphins live in the Sanctuary on a regular basis
and the monk seal can be spotted occasionally

The marine mammals of the Sanctuary have their particular lifestyle and habits and socially interact in different ways.

Striped dolphin

Bottlenose dolphin

Common dolphin

Cuvier’s beaked whale

Risso’s dolphin

Long-finned pilot whale

SPERM whale

Fin whale

Monk seal

THREATS

The Pelagos Sanctuary is an area under increasing pressure, associated with a range of human activities, creating serious problems for the marine mammal populations.

Ship strikes

BYCATCH

UNDERWATER NOISE

Disturbance

POLLUTION

STRANDING

GET INVOLVED

The Pelagos Sanctuary belongs to everyone.
Get involved to protect marine mammals and their habitat

CITIZENS

Citizens can play a very important role in the conservation of the Sanctuary. Become a Pelagos Ambassador and spread the word for the conservation of Mediterranean marine mammals!

MUNICIPALITIES

Sign the Pelagos partnership Charter and be fully involved in the protection of the Sanctuary and its marine mammals! The role carried out by the municipalities is particularly important for protecting the coast of the Sanctuary.

GET INVOLVED

The Pelagos Sanctuary belongs to everyone.
Get involved to protect marine mammals and their habitat

CITIZENS

Citizens can play a very important role in the conservation of the Sanctuary. Become a Pelagos Ambassador and spread the word for the conservation of Mediterranean marine mammals!

MUNICIPALITIES

Sign the Pelagos partnership Charter and be fully involved in the protection of the Sanctuary and its marine mammals!
The role carried out by the municipalities is particularly important for protecting the coast of the Sanctuary.

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PARTNERS

Collaboration and partnerships are essential for achieving large-scale conservation goals. By working together, we can share knowledge and expertise, coordinate efforts, and develop effective strategies to reduce threats to marine mammals

Photos credits :
©S. Brouder – Tethys
©Cima Research Foundation
©L. Gordigiani – Tethys
©Juliette Dedet – MIRACETI

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