Mare Nostrum report meeting for Cetaceans Monitoring and Conservation Program for 2013

Ecological Nongovernmental Organization " Mare Nostrum " presented last week the results of the program "Monitoring and Conservation of Dolphin from Romanian littoral of the Black Sea " for 2013 in a conference at the National Institute for Marine Research and Development "Grigore Antipa" of Constanta.

Within this program were performed several activities like:

- To create a network of volunteer observers, consisting of 838 students and 53 teachers from 30 educational institutions partner.

- 10 campaigns and awareness caravans, where 11588 people were informed directly.

- 35 land expeditions were recorded l7 stranded dolphins.

- For 31 days, the Mare Nostrum team was at sea and observed 141 cetaceans.

- 48 emergency interventions were carried out in case of stranding and 6 samples and necropsy were performed to determine cause of death .

- Reached a total of 100 deterrent devices for removal dolphin from fishing nets , of which 60 remained in place and operational in 5 fishery units.Were also made ​​20 visits to the fishery units for collecting data.

In 2013 the number of stranded cetaceans was only 65 copies unlike last year when there were 177.
At last week's meeting at the National Institute for Marine Research and Development "Grigore Antipa" Constanta , was attended by 23 representatives of partner institutions ( Coast Guard , Navy League , APM , Dolphins , CSI ), mass-media and funders - OMV Petrom and DP World.

The data obtained will be helpful both for Romanian researchers , but also for the countries bordering the Black Sea, which will be able to make new estimates of populations of dolphins and their migration routes .
The program was funded in the campaign "Adopt a dolphin " and co-funded by OMV Petrom , Schenker Romtrans and DP World.