Baltic Proper Harbour Porpoise in Focus

Last assessed in 2008, the Baltic Proper sub-population of the Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) was categorized as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List, and the population is thought to number only a few hundred. A draft resolution on The Baltic Proper Harbour Porpoise will be proposed for adoption at ASCOBANS MOP9.

10 August 2020

Marine Debris – Ghost Nets and Plastics – a Deadly Hazard for Cetaceans

Worldwide, marine debris, which includes abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) and plastics, has a negative impact on a substantial number of marine animals. Ingestion of plastics and entanglement, including in ‘ghost nets’, are both increasingly giving rise to conservation and welfare concerns for cetaceans and other marine mammals.

28 July 2020

Best Practice on Cetacean Post-mortem Protocol

Jointly developed by ASCOBANS and ACCOBAMS, the Best Practice on Cetacean Post-mortem Investigation and Tissue Sampling  protocol offers a multi-tiered approach and a framework for data collection and interpretation appropriate to the resources available. The Best Practice protocol has been tabled for adoption at ASCOBANS MOP9.

17 July 2020

16th Meeting of the Jastarnia Group

The ASCOBANS Jastarnia Group met for the sixteenth time on 8th and 9th June 2020.  Originally planned to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, the meeting was organized online owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The Jastarnia Group serves as the Steering Group for the ASCOBANS Recovery Plan for Baltic Harbour Porpoises (Jastarnia Plan) and the ASCOBANS Conservation Plan for the Harbour Porpoise Population in the Western Baltic, the Belt Sea and the Kattegat (WBBK Plan). 

11 June 2020

International Day of the Baltic Harbour Porpoise

The International Day of the Baltic Harbour Porpoise (IDBHP) is being celebrated this year on Sunday, 17 May.  The COVID-19 outbreak will certainly pose a challenge to event organizers, who will have to devise activities that conform to the restrictions on public gatherings.  However, if the experience of World Migratory Bird Day is anything to go by, there could be some innovative virtual offerings helping to raise awareness of the precarious status of the Baltic’s only regular cetacean inhabitant.

14 May 2020

Today is World Wildlife Day

“Sustaining all life on Earth” is the theme of this year’s World Wildlife Day (WWD) reflecting the importance of the sustainable use of natural resources as well as highlighting wild animal and plant species as key components of the world’s biodiversity. The theme also aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially the goals addressing life below water, life on land, eradicating poverty and ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns.

03 March 2020

CMS COP13 in 2020 Will Kick Off Big Year for Biodiversity

The "super year" for biodiversity will kick off with the Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13). Hosted by the Government of India in the city of Gandhinagar from 17-22 February 2020, the Conference will bring together CMS Parties, partners and scientific experts to address the alarming decline of migratory species, including birds, aquatic species and terrestrial animals.

06 January 2020

Season's Greetings from the ASCOBANS Secretariat

We would like to wish a relaxing holiday, season’s greetings, and the very best for the New Year!   

20 December 2019

ASCOBANS 25th Anniversary Book

The ASCOBANS anniversary book 'European Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises: Marine Mammal Conservation in Practice' presents an intimate view of the workings of a regional conservation agreement to protect small cetaceans. It details its achievements over the last 25 years, whilst identifying weaknesses and recommending steps that governments, scientists, marine stakeholders and the public can take to improve conservation efforts.

19 December 2019

New Study Shows the Importance of Migratory Connectivity for Global Ocean Policy

Migratory species in the oceans and seas travel across interconnected ecosystems throughout their lives. Highly migratory species, such as Mako Sharks, cross entire oceans, while a single Leatherback Turtle can travel 10,000 miles or more during its annual migration. As they travel, sometimes on journeys of thousands of miles, these species are especially vulnerable tohuman induced threats. To mitigate the impact of these threats, conservation and management plans need to consider geographical, spatial and temporal factors of migration.

25 September 2019