ASCOBANS News

International Day of the Baltic Harbour Porpoise 15 May 2022

Bonn, 13 May 2022 - The third Sunday in May of each year is the International Day of the Baltic Harbour Porpoise (IDBHP).

13 May 2022

Thirty Years of Conservation Measures for Small Cetaceans in European Seas

Thursday 17 March 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS) – a regional environmental treaty of the United Nations. Concerns over the impacts of human activities on small cetaceans led to the negotiation of ASCOBANS under the auspices of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). The Agreement was concluded on 17 March 1992 and has subsequently been signed by 10 countries. 

17 March 2022

Statement of Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary of ASCOBANS to Mark the 30th Anniversary of the Agreement

Today, we celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of ASCOBANS – the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North-East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas. ASCOBANS grew out of concerns over the impacts of human activities on small whales, dolphins and porpoises, especially the harbour porpoise. The Agreement was concluded on 17 March 1992 and subsequently signed by 10 countries.

17 March 2022

Article Published on Ecosystem Effects of Small Cetaceans

Small cetaceans may have big effects on ecosystem structure, dynamics, and function. A new article Functional Roles and Ecological Importance of Small Cetaceans in Aquatic Ecosystems has been published in Frontiers in Marine Science (open access) as a part of the research topic 'Small Cetacean Conservation: Current Challenges and Opportunities'.

07 March 2022

ASCOBANS 30: The Beginnings

Concerns over the conservation status of small cetaceans, especially harbour porpoises, led to the establishment of the "Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Sea" (ASCOBANS).

02 March 2022

10th Meeting of the North Sea Group

The tenth Meeting of the Steering Group for the ASCOBANS Conservation Plan for Harbour Porpoises in the North Sea (the North Sea Group) took place online from 18th to 19th January 2022. Chaired by Prof Peter Evans (Bangor University & Sea Watch Foundation UK), the aim of the meeting was to exchange countries' updates on the implementation of actions listed in the Conservation Plan.

21 January 2022

Internship Opportunities in the Aquatic Species Team

Are you a university student or a recent graduate?  Are you interested in aquatic migratory species?  Are you interested in the work of a multilateral environmental agreement of the United Nations?  If your answer is yes, consider applying for an internship in our Aquatic Species Team! (CMS, ASCOBANS, Sharks MOU, IOSEA Marine Turtle MOU)

17 January 2022

2021 Season's Greetings from the ASCOBANS Secretariat

This year our thanks for organising the ASCOBANS Season’s Greetings card competition goes to a local primary school, the Independent Bonn International School (IBIS) in Germany.

21 December 2021

Analysis on Bycatch Mitigation Measures and Alternative Fishing Methods Published

A new ASCOBANS report detailing a cost-benefit analysis for mitigation measures in fisheries with high bycatch is launched today.  The report, authored by Fiona L. Read, reviews the implementation cost and pros and cons of different bycatch mitigation measures and alternative fishing methods.

21 December 2021

Advisory Committee Decides on Conservation Activities

The 26th Meeting of the ASCOBANS Advisory Committee took place online from 8 to 11 November.  This years’ topics, as per Resolution 8.1 (Rev.MOP9), were underwater noise, unexploded ordnance, ocean energy, and marine spatial planning. The species in focus at this meeting were the Harbour Porpoise, the Bottlenose Dolphin, Beaked Whales, and Lagenorhynchus species (Atlantic White-sided Dolphins and White-beaked Dolphins). The meeting agreed on 29 Action Points and 19 Recommendations in its Scientific Session.

22 November 2021