In addition to the policy and scientific work done under the Agreement, to raise public awareness of the small cetacean species occurring in European waters and the threats they face, ASCOBANS prepares and distributes information material. The Agreement also operates mobile exhibitions and information booths in order to promote cetacean conservation. Information and exhibition material can be made available upon request.
The critical situation and the sharp decline of the Baltic harbour porpoise is the reason ASCOBANS has declared the 3rd Sunday on May of each year as the “International Day of the Baltic Harbour Porpoise”. This genetically distinct sub-population can be protected only if people know and care about it – which is why awareness-raising is among the most important activities to ensure the survival of the population. This special day has been celebrated annually with many different activities by schools, museums, NGOs, institutions and individuals in countries bordering the Baltic Sea since 2003.