International Day of the Baltic Harbour Porpoise

IDBHP postcard from ASCOBANS.

IDBHP postcard from ASCOBANS.

In 2002, the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (UNEP/ASCOBANS) declared the third Sunday in May of each year as the “International Day of the Baltic Harbour Porpoise” (IDBHP) in order to raise awareness of the critical situation for populations of the Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena): the only species of cetacean native to the Baltic Sea.

Die letzten 300 (The last 300)

Exhibition "The last 300" in Stralsund, Germany

In 2013, the ASCOBANS Secretariat partnered with NGOs Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), NABU and OceanCare for a competition targeting German-speaking areas.  With the theme “The Last 300”, creative minds were given the opportunity to explore through their art and design work the importance they personally gave to having these unique animals in the Baltic Sea.  Ninety-four entries were submitted and displayed on the dedicated website wherethe public was asked to vote.