24th Meeting of the Advisory Committee


Vilnius view by Diliff - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Participants are kindly invited to download the AC24 documents as they become available.

Information for participants containing details on the venue, hotel reservations and local transport will become available shortly in Other documents as Travel Information.

Should you experience problems in downloading documents or require any other assistance, please contact Bettina Reinartz and Aline Kühl-Stenzel at ascobans.secretariat@ascobans.org

We look forward to welcoming you to Vilnius in September! 

Online registration

Please register here for the meeting by 25 August.


Requests for observer status need to reach the Secretariat by 27 July. A completed registration form or a written indication of your organization's intention to participate is sufficient. Please note that the following approved observer organizations listed here only need to register by 25 August.


25 Sep 2018 to 27 Sep 2018
Registration Deadline25/08/2018
VenueNational Visitors Center, State Service for Protected Areas, Ministry of Environment, Antakalnio str. 25,10312 Vilnius, Lithuania

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Number Title Files
AC24/Doc.1.2.a Rev.1 Provisional Agenda
AC24/Doc.1.2.b Rev.1 Provisional Annotated Agenda and Schedule
AC24/Doc.1.3 ASCOBANS Work Plan 2017-2020 Progress
AC24/Doc.3.0 Draft Project Plan for the long-term Coordination of the Harbour Porpoise Action Plans
AC24/Doc.3.1.a Report of the 14th Meeting of the Jastarnia Group
AC24/Doc.3.1.b Progress Report on the Recovery Plan for Baltic Harbour Porpoises (Jastarnia Plan)
AC24/Doc.3.2.b Progress Report on the Conservation Plan for Harbour Porpoises in the North Sea (2018)
AC24/Doc.3.3 Progress Report on the Conservation Plan for the Harbour Porpoise Population in the Western Baltic, the Belt Sea and Kattegat (WBBK)
AC24/Doc.3.4 Draft Species Action Plan for the North East Atlantic Common Dolphin
AC24/Doc. 5.1 Draft Data Request for White Beaked Dolphin
AC24/Doc.9.4 Draft List of Dates of Interest to ASCOBANS in 2018/2019
AC24/Doc.10.1 Report of the Secretariat on Outreach and Education Activities
AC24/Doc.11.2 Activities Requiring Funding
AC24/Doc.18.1 ASCOBANS Administrative Report 2017
AC24/Doc.18.2.a rev.1 Report on Budgetary Issues 2017
AC24/Doc.18.2.b Mid-Term Report on Budgetary Issues 2018
AC24/Doc.9.4 Draft List of Dates of Interest to ASCOBANS in 2018/2019
NSG7/Doc.1.1 Draft Agenda
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AC24/Inf.1.2.a Rules of Procedures for the ASCOBANS Advisory Committee Meeting
AC24/Inf.1.2.b rev.1 List of Documents
AC24/Inf.2.0 National Reporting Format for ASCOBANS 2017
AC24/Inf.2.a 2017 Annual National Report: Finland
AC24/Inf.2.b 2017 Annual National Report: The Netherlands
AC24/Inf.2.c 2017 Annual National Report: Poland
AC24/Inf.2.d 2017 Annual National Report: Germany
AC24/Inf.2.e 2017 Annual National Report: Belgium
AC24/Inf.2.f 2017 Annual National Report: United Kingdom
AC24/Inf.2.g 2017 Annual National Report: France
AC24/Inf.2.h 2017 Annual National Report: Sweden
AC24/Inf.2.i 2017 Annual National Report: Lithuania
AC24/Inf.2.1.a Terms of Reference for a Joint Bycatch Working Group of ACCOBAMS and ASCOBANS
AC24/Inf.2.1.b ICES Report from the Working Group on Bycatch of Protected Species (ICES CM 2018/ACOM:25)
AC24/Inf.2.1.c RASS Marine Policy Paper
AC24/Inf.2.1.d Development of a Removals Limit Algorithm (RLA) to set Limits to Anthropogenic Mortality of Small Cetaceans to meet Specified Conservation Objectives, with an Example Implementation for Bycatch of Harbour Porpoise in the North Sea
AC24/Inf.2.1.e Seafood Import Provisions under the Marine Mammal Protection Act
AC24/Inf.2.1.f Compliance Guide – Marine Mammal Protection Act Import Provisions to Reduce Marine Mammal Bycatch
AC24/Inf.2.3.a Report of the Joint ACCOBAMS/ASCOBANS/RAC-SPA Workshop on Marine Debris and Cetacean stranding (ECS 2018)
AC24/Inf.2.5.a Cetacean Pathology: Necropsy Technique & Tissue Sampling
AC24/Inf.2.5.b IWC Strandings Initiative Update
AC24/Inf.2.5.c IWC Bycatch Mitigation Initiative Strategic Plan
AC24/Inf.2.5.d IWC Bycatch Mitigation Initiative Workplan
AC24/Inf.3.2.a Setting Research Priorities to Guide Management of Harbour Porpoises
AC24/Inf.3.3.a Letter regarding Mitigation of Marine Mammal Bycatch in Schleswig-Holstein and beyond
AC24/Inf.3.3.b Response to Letter regarding Mitigaton of Marine Mammal Bycatch in Schleswig-Holstein and beyond
AC24/Inf.4.1.a Phylogeography and Population Dynamics of the White-Sided Dolphin in the North Atlantic
AC24/Inf.4.1.b Catch History and Distribution of White-Sided Dolphin of the Faroe Islands
AC24/Inf.4.1.c Background Paper on Atlantic White-Sided Dolphin (Evans & Smeenk 2008)
AC24/Inf.5.1.a Spatiotemporal Trends in White-Beaked Dolphin Strandings along the North Sea Coast from 1991-2017
AC24/Inf.8.a Background Document on Relevant EU Policy Matters
AC24/Inf.9.0 LUTRA North Sea Cetacean Special
AC24/Inf.9.3.a Overview of Relevant CMS COP12 Outcomes
AC24/Inf.9.3.b CMS Listing of Species in the ASCOBANS Region
AC24/Inf.11.1.a Project Report to ASCOBANS for the Project "Baltic Sea Harbour Porpoise Foraging Habitats (BALHAB)"
AC24/Inf.16 Status of Accession and Acceptance of the Agreement's Amendment
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AC24/2.1.1 ICES Working Group Bycatch
AC24/2.1.2 Analysis of National Reporting Data
AC24/2.1.4 U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act Import Provisions
AC24/2.1.5_1 Bycatch of Harbour Porpoise in Polish Semi-Drift Gillnet Fishery
AC24/2.1.5_2 Semi-Drift Nets And Their Use In Poland
AC24/2.1.6 Strengthening Engagement With The Marine Stewardship Council
AC24/2.1.7 Risk Assessment for Sourcing Seafood (RASS)
AC24/2.2 Resource Depletion
AC24/2.3 Marine Debris
AC24/2.4 Survey and Research
AC24/2.4.1 Mapping Cetacean Distributions in NW European Seas
AC24/2.5 Use of bycatches and strandings
AC24/2.5.1 1 IWC Strandings Initiative_Stockin
AC24/2.5.1 2 Bycatch Mitigation Initiative -Collaborating on the Development and Promotion of Solutions for Tackling Cetacean Bycatch
AC24/2.5.1 3 Whale Watching Handbook slides
AC24/2.5.2 ASCOBANS Region Web Accessed Strandings Database
AC24/2.5.3 Update on Best Practice Guidelines for Strandings Events
AC24/2.5.4 Cetacean Necropsy Protocol - Update
AC24/2.5.5 Update on UK and Irish Beaked Whale Unusual Mortality Event
AC24/3.1 & 3.3 Progress reports Jastarnia & WBBK_Evans
AC24/3.1 & 3.3 Chair report Jastarnia & WBBK_Carlén
AC24/3.2 North Sea Progress Report_Evans
AC24/3.4 Common dolphin SAP_Macleod
AC24/4.1 Atlantic white-sided dolphin_Evans
AC24/5.1 White-beaked dolphin_Evans
AC24/6. & 7. Extension Area Update to AC24
AC24/8. EU policy matters_Nikolic
AC24/9.3 Relevant CMS COP12 Resolutions_Virtue
AC24/9.3 Readdressing CMS listings for ASCOBANS region_Dolman
AC24/10.1 ASCOBANS Outreach report
AC24/11.1.2 BALHAB_Carlén