Introduction: protecting cetaceans

The aim of the Pelagos Sanctuary is to protect marine mammals and their habitats against all sources of disturbance: pollution, noise, high-speed vehicle racing, accidental catches, disturbances caused by tourist activity etc.
In France, the Ministerial Decree of July 1, 2011 makes the intentional disturbance of marine mammals in French territorial waters a punishable offense.
Cetaceans are also protected by international agreements: the Barcelona, Bern and Bonn Conventions and ACCOBAMS (Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area).

Definition and Purpose

Organizing a rewarding whale watchingexperience

*In the specific case of Corsica and within the context of ‘fishing tourism’, this restriction may be subject to particular recommendations and exemptions

Rules for whale watching

Whale watching can, if poorly practiced, be a source of disturbance to cetaceans: respect their peace and quiet. Whether you are a pleasure boater, fisherman, whale watching operator or other user of the marine environment, the rules set out below apply both within the Sanctuary and beyond it.

Be alert to signs of disturbance

Viewing area (see illustration)

Steering a boat though the viewing area (300 m)

Boats within the viewing area

Special case when the animals come to the boat of their own accord


pdf  Download the observation form pdf (French version  or pdf Italian version )

pdf  Code of conduct