28th Meeting of the Advisory Committee


Risso's dolphin © Steve Geelhoed

Risso's dolphin © Steve Geelhoed.


The 28th Meeting of the ASCOBANS Advisory Committee (AC28) is scheduled to be held from 26 to 28 September 2023 in Bonn, Germany.  

For the meeting, Parties are requested to report on pressures and threats to small cetaceans as per UNEP/ASCOBANS/Resolution 8.1 (Rev.MOP9) National Reporting

  • Cetacean watching industry
  • Recreational sea use
  • Other sources of disturbance
  • Pollution and hazardous substances (incl. microplastics)
  • Ship strikes
  • Climate change
  • Physical habitat change
  • Other issues related to habitat change and degradation (incl. potential physical impacts)
  • MPAs and other protected areas, e.g. Natura2000 sites
  • Education and outreach


Online registration: Please register here by 27 August 2023Requests for observer status should reach the Secretariat by 28 July 2023.  A completed registration form serves as a request for observer status.  Please note that approved observer organisations may register until 27 August 2023.  Kindly refer to the Rules of Procedure for the ASCOBANS Advisory Committee.


Documents: Meeting documents will be posted on this page as they become available. If you would like to submit information documents relevant to the agenda items, please send them to the Secretariat for consideration by 22 August 2023.


If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact the ASCOBANS Secretariat.

26 Sep 2023 09:00 to 28 Sep 2023 18:00
OrganizerASCOBANS Secretariat
VenueFederal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), Robert-Schuman-Platz 3, 53175 Bonn

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Number Title Files
ASCOBANS/AC28/Doc.1.2a Provisional Agenda
ASCOBANS/AC28/Doc.1.2b Provisional Annotated Agenda and Schedule
ASCOBANS/AC28/Doc.1.3 Rules of Procedure for the ASCOBANS Advisory Committee
ASCOBANS/AC28/Doc.2.2 Guidance Materials to Mitigate Impacts of Recreational Speed Crafts
ASCOBANS/AC28/Doc.2.11 Report of the Offshore Renewable Energy Working Group
ASCOBANS/AC28/Doc.2.11b Overview of Current Conservation Status of Relevant Species
ASCOBANS/AC28/Doc.3.1 Action Points from the 19th Meeting of the Jastarnia Group
ASCOBANS/AC28/Doc.3.3 ASCOBANS Conservation Plan for the Harbour Porpoises in the North Sea – Draft Revision
ASCOBANS/AC28/Doc.6.2 Draft List of Dates of Interest to ASCOBANS in 2023-2024
ASCOBANS/AC28/Doc.7.1 Report of the Secretariat on Outreach Activities
ASCOBANS/AC28/Doc.7.2 ASCOBANS Outreach and Education Award 2024
ASCOBANS/AC28/Doc.8.1 Scoping the Development of a European Marine Strandings Database
ASCOBANS/AC28/Doc.8.2 ASCOBANS Conservation Objectives
ASCOBANS/AC28/Doc.8.3 Draft Guidelines for Cetacean-sensitive Maritime Spatial Planning for the ASCOBANS Area
ASCOBANS/AC28/Doc.9 ASCOBANS Work Plan 2021-2024: Overview of Implementation
ASCOBANS/AC28/Doc.16 Proposed Amendments to the ASCOBANS National Reporting Form Regarding Marine Spatial Planning
ASCOBANS/AC28/Doc.17.1 Report on Administrative Issues 2022-2023
ASCOBANS/AC28/Doc.17.2 End of Term Report on Budgetary Issues 2022
ASCOBANS/AC28/Doc.17.3 Mid-term Report on Budgetary Issues 2023
ASCOBANS/AC28/Doc.18 Activities Requiring Funding
ASCOBANS/AC28/Doc.19 Managing workload and expectations around Working Groups
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ASCOBANS/AC28/Inf.1.2a/Rev.1 List of Documents
ASCOBANS/AC28/Inf.1.2b/Rev.1 Provisional List of Participants
ASCOBANS/AC28/Inf.2 Summary Compilation of the 2022 National Reports Submitted by ASCOBANS Parties
ASCOBANS/AC28/Inf.2.4 Pilot Assessment of Status and Trends of Persistent Chemicals in Marine Mammals
ASCOBANS/AC28/Inf.2.4b Toxic Tides, Troubled Whales: How Chemical Pollution Harms Cetaceans
ASCOBANS/AC28/Inf.2.11 Environmental impact of sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines
ASCOBANS/AC28/Inf.3.1a/Rev.1 Progress Report on the Jastarnia Plan 2023
ASCOBANS/AC28/Inf.3.1b Current Knowledge and Gaps on Threats to the Critically Endangered Baltic Proper Harbour Porpoise Population
ASCOBANS/AC28/Inf.3.1c Bycatch Mitigation for the Baltic Proper Harbour Porpoise – What To Do If Pingers Are Not an Option?
ASCOBANS/AC28/Inf.3.1d The Baltic Harbour Porpoise: on the Road to Extinction
ASCOBANS/AC28/Inf.3.2/Rev.1 Progress Report on the Conservation Plan for the Harbour Porpoise Population in the Western Baltic, the Belt Sea and the Kattegat 2023
ASCOBANS/AC28/Inf.3.3 Priority Recommendations from the 11th Meeting of the North Sea Group
ASCOBANS/AC28/Inf.3.3b Progress Report on the Conservation Plan for the Harbour Porpoises in the North Sea (North Sea Plan) 2023
ASCOBANS/AC28/Inf.3.4 Recommendations from the 3rd Meeting of the ASCOBANS Common Dolphin Group
ASCOBANS/AC28/Inf.6.1 Reports from Relevant Meetings back to ASCOBANS 2022-2023
ASCOBANS/AC28/Inf.8.2/Rev.1 ASCOBANS Conservation Objectives - Draft Technical Guidance Document
ASCOBANS/AC28/Inf.8.3 Technical Note: Guidance on Cumulative Effects Assessment for Cetacean-Sensitive Maritime Spatial Planning
ASCOBANS/AC28/Inf.8.5 Recommendations from the ASCOBANS-ACCOBAMS Marine Debris Workshop
ASCOBANS/AC28/Inf.8.6 Project report: Prediction of the Cochlear Frequency Maps of Harbour Porpoise
ASCOBANS/AC28/Inf.15 Status of Accession and Acceptance of the Agreement’s Amendment
ASCOBANS/AC28/Inf.16 2022 ASCOBANS National Report Form