Whales in a rubbish sea - a MED issue

Whales in the rubbish sea: a regional cooperative project to help monitoring litter impact on biodiversity.

MEDSEALITTER at the 32nd ECS, La Spezia, April 6-10, 2018.

Forging strategic partnerships for marine conservation was the claim at the 32nd ECS, so Antonella Arcangeli, ISPRA researcher - MEDSEALITTER partner,  presented “Whales in the rubbish sea: a regional cooperative project to help monitoring litter impact on biodiversity” . The study is focused on the capacity of the synoptic monitoring on threat and biota of detecting the risk areas and seasons for cetaceans due to the overlap between sensitive species presence and high concentration of macro litter. The need for using a common approach and a shared protocol was stressed, as well as the need of strengthening the collaboration among the scientific communities working on “biodiversity” and on “threat” in order to give indication for both the Habitats and Marine Strategy Directives.