Tethys’ contributions at the ECS Conference 2018

Marine Conservation: forging effective strategic partnerships was the theme of this year’s annual conference of the European Cetacean Society (ECS) which was held in La Spezia, Italy, April 6th to 10th, with the help of Eulabor Institute/ Waterevolution and with Tethys as a scientific partner and organizer of two workshops:

“Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) across the Mediterranean Sea” and “Mediterranean Grampus Project 2.0”.

Several talks were given and posters were displayed by the staff of Tethys


Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, keynote opening talk – Marine Mammal Science and Conservation in the Mediterranean: The Line is Traced, Let’s Walk It.

Arianna Azzellino, Caterina Lanfredi, Maddalena Jahoda, Valentina De Santis, Margherita Zanardelli, Sabina Airoldi – Time matters. Why we should consider more the temporal resolution of our studies.

Caterina Lanfredi, Arianna Azzellino, Aurelie Moulins, Massimiliano Rosso, Paola Tepsich, Sabina Airoldi – Abundance assessment of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) in the North-Western portion of the Pelagos Sanctuary (NW Mediterranean Sea)

Simone Panigada, Julie Belmont, Célia Le Ravallec, Greg Donovan,. Phil Hammond, Ana Cañadas – The ACCOBAMS Survey Initiative – when a dream comes true

Short talks

Elisa Remonato, Sabina Airoldi, Massimiliano Rosso, Caterina Lanfredi, Luca Bittau, Renata Manconi, Carla A. Chicote, Manel Gazo, Aurelie Moulins, Paola Tepsich, Alessandro Verga, Arianna Azzellino – Where are the Risso’s dolphins (Grampus griseus) of the North Western Mediterranean Sea? Study of Movements Within and Outside the Pelagos Sanctuary.

Nino Pierantonio, Giorgos Paximadis, Ana Can̅adas, Antigoni Foutsi, Simone Panigada
 – Occurrence and abundance of delphinids in the Northern Aegean Sea from aerial surveys


Maddalena Jahoda, Arianna Azzellino, Caterina Lanfredi , Federica Salandra , Sabina Airoldi – Shifting foraging habitats of Mediterranean fin whales identified by behavioural data on fine scale and long-time period

Valentina De Santis, Arianna Azzellino, Caterina Lanfredi, Sabina Airoldi – Are bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) increasing in the North–Western part of the Pelagos Sanctuary (Mediterranean Sea)?

Joan Gonzalvo, Stefano Agazzi – A Finless Common Bottlenose Dolphin Successfully Coping with Its Twist of Fate

Maddalena Fumagalli, Amina Cesario, Marina Costa, Elisabeth Slooten, James Higham, Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara – A combined social-ecological approach for the assessment of the Samadai Reef management plan.