The Pelagos Agreement is an associated partner of the Interreg Med - Plastic Busters MPAs project, which aims to preserve the biodiversity of natural ecosystems through actions to fight against marine litter.

It is within this framework that one virtuous Italian and French municipalities, signatories of the Pelagos Partnership Charter and located in the area where the monitoring had been carried out, are given the opportunity to apply one or more management measures identified in the project.

The Municipalities of Vecchiano (Italy, Pisa Province) and Saint-Florent (France, Haute-Corse) have expressed their interest in participating to the project and will thus be able to benefit from the expertise of a Consultant made for a free implementation of the above-mentioned management measures during the summer 2021.

The Pelagos Agreement congratulates the Municipalities of Vecchiano and Saint-Florent for their commitment! 

For more information on the Interreg Med - Plastic Busters MPAs project: https://plasticbustersmpas.interreg-med.eu

The International Whaling Commission Secretariat is recruiting a Lead for Program Fevelopment to direct the development and implementation of IWC Work Programmes.  Applications are open until Wednesday, April 21st, 2021. 

For more information, click on the following link: https://iwc.int/vacancies

The Pelagos Agreement took part in the 12th edition of the Monaco Blue Initiative, held at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Among the thematics addressed this year were:

  • the role of international negotiations for better ocean governance;
  • the integration of Ocean issues and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into companies’ Corporate Social Responsibility strategy;
  • the role of the financial sector in managing risks related to biodiversity loss and financing the sustainable blue economy.

For more information, click on: https://www.monacoblueinitiative.org/en/ 

The Final meeting on the Management Plan of the Pelagos Agreement took place on Wednesday, March 17th, 2021, by videoconference. 

This meeting allowed a first exchange on the draft of the next Management Plan (2022-2027) of the Pelagos Agreement between the representatives of the Parties to the Agreement and the national experts, in the presence of the Heads of Delegation to the Scientific and Technical Committee. The document will be submitted to a public consultation during the month of April 2021.

The Management Plan (2022-2027) will be proposed for consideration to the Extraordinary Scientific and Technical Committee and approved during the 8th Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement.

In the framework of the 5th edition of the Monaco Ocean Week (March 22nd-28th, 2021), Pelagos, ACCOBAMS and RAMOGE Agreements mobilize to raise awareness on the impact of marine litter on biodiversity and marine mammals.

You will find the article and the video realized on this occasion on the Monaco Ocean Week blog at the following link: https://www.monacooceanweek.org/en/marine-waste-inthe-mediterranean/ as well as on the Pelagos Agreement YouTube channel.

To consult the program of the events of the Monaco Ocean Week, please click on the following link: www.monacooceanweek.org/live

 Lets’ act together to fight against marine litter!



The Ministry of Ecological Transition missions the Port-Cros National Park to animate the French part of the Pelagos Sanctuary.
As such, it works around three thematics:

  • research;
  • management;
  • awareness-raising.

Click pdf here to download the 2020 Activity report of the French Part (in French version). 



The international project on chemical and biological contamination of cetaceans in the Pelagos Sanctuary, financed by the Permanent Secretariat of the Pelagos Agreement, reached its conclusion.

After the presentation of its teaser, here is the video!

Enjoy!

French version: 

Italian version: 

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Strikes between ships and large cetaceans (Fin Whale and Sperm Whale) are the main cause of non-natural mortality for these marine mammals in the Pelagos Sanctuary. Speed is the main factor in explaining this mortality: below 10 knots (≃ 20 km/h), ship strikes are very rare; above 13 knots (≃ 25 km/h), strikes and mortality rates skyrocket.
The need for shipping companies to go fast stems from our consumer frenzy, particularly our desire to have everything, right away, or to travel very fast to our vacation destinations (in particular Corsica and Sardinia).

Organized from February 3rd to November 30th, 2020 by the Animation team of the French part of the Pelagos Sanctuary,  and in partnership with the WWF, Souffleurs d'écume* and GIS3M*, this contest was designed at establishments welcoming youth in order to express their willingness to slow down this race to speed and to agree to give up the immediacy that generates serious impacts on the cetaceans of the Sanctuary.

Taking into account the quality of their performances, the jury, chaired by Denis Ody (WWF France), decided to declare the winners of the competition "Stop Collision" ex aequo:

The Lavandou day-care center and the Revest-les-Eaux Kindergarten.

Congratulations to the children and their supervisors for their proposals: a fresco for the former, drawings and songs for the latter. The only goal is to draw attention to the strikes between whales and ships, encouraging us to slow down our pace!

The winners will be rewarded during an educational visit on WWF France's boat, the Blue Panda, in the coming months. This will also be the occasion to present them with their prizes: Le Dauphin books, posters and bookmarks representing the 8 most common marine mammal species in the Pelagos Sanctuary.


Congratulations to all and thank you for your participation!


> For more information (in French version): https://initiatives-pelagos.fr/?PagePrincipale  

* which became MIRACETI from June 2020

The Intermediate meeting on the Management Plan of the Pelagos Agreement took place on Monday, 25th and Tuesday, 26th January 2021, by videoconference. 

This meeting aimed at discussing the drafts of the assessment of the current Management Plan (2016-2022) and of the next Management Plan (2022-2028) of the Pelagos Agreement. 

The final drafts of these documents will be presented and discussed during the next meeting, to be held in the end of February 2021. 

The Pelagos Partnership Charter was signed between the President of the Métropole Toulon Provence Méditerranée (TPM), the Maritime Prefect of the Mediterranean and the Permanent Secretariat of the Pelagos Agreement on December 20th, 2020, by post, taking into account the health context.

By signing this Charter, the Métropole Toulon Provence Méditerranée:

  • Confirms a strong ambition for the protection of marine mammals, which it has already initiated by signing the eco-responsibility Charter with the shipping company La Méridionale and the network of marine protected areas in 2018;
  • Reinforces its commitment to the preservation of the marine environment, marked for many years;
  • Contributes to a better visibility of the Pelagos Sanctuary and awareness of the protection of marine mammals to the greatest number.

On the territory of the Metropolis, the Municipality of Hyères - the only coastal municipality concerned - has been a signatory of the Pelagos Partnership Charter since 2010. The membership of the Metropolis is also a means of supporting this commitment and confirming its territory as a center of marine biodiversity.

The Authorities of the Agreement welcome the Métropole Toulon Provence Méditerranée and thank it for its commitment!

Click pdf here to download the Métropole Toulon Provence Méditerranée press release in French version.