The Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties to the Pelagos Agreement will be held on February the 9th 2018 in the Principality of Monaco. On this occasion,  the Parties will discuss the work program of the 2018-2019 biennium and the recommendation provided by the Scientific and Technical Committee and the Permanent Secretariat.



Following the appeal launched in 2017, the projects listed below were selected at the 7th Meeting of the Parties to the Pelagos Agreement held on 12 December 2017 in Monaco. They will be led by international teams from the three countries and will be initiated during the first quarter of 2018: 

1. project «Pelagos Plastic Free – Integrated actions to reduce plastic debris in the Pelagos Sanctuary», directed by Legambiente Onlus, in partnership with Expédition Med, National Parc of Cinque Terre, Nation Parc of the Tuscan Archipelago, Unicoop Firenze, Mareblu and Novamont. The project has been allocated a budget of 83.000 euros;

2. project «Biological and toxicological contamination of cetaceans in the Pelagos Sanctuary: assessment, origin, monitoring and mitigation», directed by Groupement d’Intérêt Scientifique pour les Mammifères marins de Méditerranée et leur environnement (GIS3M), in partnership with l’Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale of Piemonte, Liguria and Valle d’Aosta (IZSPLV), Groupe d’Etude des Cétacés de Méditerranée (GECEM), Laboratorio dipartimentale veterinario dell’Hérault (VDV34), Vetagro Sup (ENVL) and Monacology. The project has been allocated a budget of 83.110 euros;

3. project «Proposal to develop and evaluate mitigation strategies to reduce the risks of ship strikes to fin and sperm whales in the Pelagos Sanctuary», directed by Tethys Research Institute, in partnership with British Antartic Survey, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), WWF France, Souffleurs d’Ecume, Quiet Oceans SAS, University of Western Brittany (UBO) and the Yacht Club di Monaco (YCM). The project has been allocated a budget of 83.299 euros.

A further six coastal municipalities situated within the Italian part of the Pelagos Sanctuary have recently decided to adhere to the Partnership Charter: Lerici (Province of La Spezia), Deiva Marina (Province of La Spezia), Bonassola (Province of La Spezia), Albissola Marina (Province of Savona), Porto Venere (Province of La Spezia) and Borghetto Santo Spirito (Province of Savona), of which the preliminary assessment has been successfully concluded, and of which the ceremony for the joint signature of the Partnership Charter is imminent, to be hosted by the Municipality of Lerici(SP)

Considering the subscriptions of the last 2 Sardinian municipalities that were missing – Trinità d’Agultu (Province of Olbia-Tempio) and Aglientu (Province of Olbia-Tempio) last 25th August, the accessions on the part of Italy have reached  94 accessions out of 111 Coastal municipalities of the 3 Regions involved (Liguria, Tuscany and Sardinia) located within the area of the Pelagos Sanctuary, reaching  85 % of the eligible total: the aforesaid Municipalities have already undertaken to identify and  name their respective Municipal Reference persons, as laid down in the framework of the Italian implementation of the Pelagos Sanctuary Partnership.

 For each Italian Region involved, 5 years after the initiative began, at present the following results have been achieved :

  • LIGURIA55 Municipalities have joined out of 63 eligible, equal to 87% at regional level;
  • TUSCANY26 Municipalities have joined out of 35 eligible, equal to 74 % at regional level (of which 5 have been declared as lapsed due to failure to renew their membership every two years and never having signed the Partnership Charter);
  • SARDINIA13 Municipalities have joined out of 13 eligible, equal to 100 % at regional level.

The documentation relative to the new memberships has been sent to the Permanent Secretariat for the Agreement and will provide the basis for evaluation, as laid down by the same Charter, to make joint decisions and recommendations  and to implement any further specifric actions, at Tripartite Agreement level, on the subject of the Partnership of the coastal Municipalities within the Sanctuary.

On last 28th November, the Municipality of Campo nell’Elba (Province of Livorno) was declared to have lapsed from the Partnership of the Pelagos Sancturary, having failed to fulfil the 2nd renewal of its membership: therefore, the  above Municipality is cancelled from the list of Municipalities that have joined, with the ensuing loss of the right to display the Pelagos Sanctuary Flag and every other prerogative in connection with this membership.

This is the 5th Italian Municipality that has been declared to have lapsed due to failure to fulfil the two-yearly renewal of its membership:

1°.    Rio Marina (declared as lapsed due to failure to fulfil the 1st renewal on 17 February 2015);

2°.    Rio nell’Elba (declared as lapsed due to failure to fulfil the 1st renewal on 17th February 2015);

3°.    Portoferraio (declared as lapsed due to failure to fulfil the 1st renewal on 17 February 2015);

4°.    Marciana (declared as lapsed due to failure to fulfil the 1st renewal on 17 February 2015);

5°.    Campo nell’Elba (declared as lapsed due to failure to fulfil the 2nd renewal on 28 November 2017);

all situated in the territory of the Island Of Elba - Tuscan Archipelago - (Province of Livorno). 

Following the procedure adopted in this regard on the part of Italy, if the Municipalities declared to have lapsed  wish to rejoin the Pelagos Sanctuary Partnership in the future, they will have to follow the membership procedure  ex novo, via a Resolution by the Town Council, featuring specifically programmed commitments for the  performance of every activity, or referable to them, as described in annex 4 of the relevant COP4/REC9 Recommendation, as well as the preliminary assessment and subsequent approval by the competent national  Authority, with the advisory opinion  of the Pelagos Sanctuary National Steering Committee.



The year 2017 will end with the 7th Meeting of the Parties to the Pelagos Agreement. The meeting will be held on December the 12th and the 13th 2017 in the Principality of Monaco. On this occasion, France will leave the Presidency of the Agreement in favor of Monaco and the Parties will discuss the work program of the next 2018-2019 biennium and the projects selected for the Call for Proposals 2017.





On Tuesday 5th September 2017 at 12.47 Wolf-Dieter Stucken, a Swiss yachtsman, while sailing at a distance of 10 miles from Rosignano Marittimo (Province of Livorno) in a NE direction, coming from Capraia, saw and photographed a large specimen of a delphinid, with a pattern of white patches on a shiny black skin, which would suggest that it could be a specimen of Orcinus orca.

Regrettably, the photo was taken from a distance and at an unfavourable angle to allow sure identification. However, although it was the first time that the presence of this species of cetacean had been documented in the waters of the Tuscan Archipelago, already on other occasions (2016 and 2017) it appears to have been observed. In our waters, the presence of the Orca is classified as occasional.

Wolf-Dieter Stucken was contacted by email: unfortunately his testimonial does not appear to add any further useful information for a correct and certain identification of the specimen in question.

The photograph was circulated among numerous Italian cetologists : although they all agreed that, as far as is visible from the photo, on the possible attribution of the dorsal fin to the species Orcinus orca, they unanimously declared that from what is visible of the pattern on the specimen, its correspondence to the specific pattern of this species is unclear, remaining in unanimous agreement that it was impossible to determine the species for certain  on the basis of that single frame.

Even if the information available does not appear sufficient to identify to which species the specimen belongs with scientific certainty, in probabilistic terms  it could have been the same Orca of which a sighting had already been declared on other occasions in the waters of the Tuscan Archipelago.



The 10th Technical and Scientific Committee will be held on Monday 25th of September 2017 in the Principality of Monaco.

To attend the meeting as observers, you can contact the Permanent Secretariat of the Pelagos Agreement at the following address: 





                     Tuesday 12th of September 2017 - Oceanographic Museum of Monaco                    

                                pdf Click here to download the programme in the French version.

                                pdf Click here to download the programme in the Italian version.





The Secretariats of the intergovernmental agreements RAMOGE and Pelagos are mobilising in favour of reducing marine waste by organising a colloquium on 12 September 2017 at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco to raise awareness of this issue among coastal as well as inland municipalities.  

Reducing marine waste is a common concern of the two Agreements, as this pollution threatens marine species and marine mammals are particularly affected.
Considering that 80% of marine waste originates from land-based sources, promoting upstream initiatives is essential, particularly encouraging efficient waste management in order to prevent wild waste dumping from reaching the sea.

During this conference, a waste scientist will present the environmental and health issues related to marine waste; representatives of the environment ministries of the countries party to the Agreements will present the directives and their respective actions to combat this pollution. Finally, local partners will describe the various innovative initiatives that directly or indirectly contribute to the fight against marine waste.

We trust that these exchanges will help promote tangible measures to avoid marine waste!



The commune of Théoule-sur-Mer, represented by its Mayor, Mr Georges Bottela, celebrated the signing of the Pelagos Charter on Monday 3rd July 2017, in the presence of the Maritime Prefect of the Mediterranean, Vice-Admiral Charles Henri Leulier de la Faverie du Ché, representative of the State at sea and Mr Marc Duncombe, Director of Port-Cros National Park. Henceforth, 14 of the 16 coastal municipalities in the Alpes-Maritimes Department have become partners of the Sanctuary, thus contributing to the awareness of nearly 675,000 people!



Permanent Secretariat of the Pelagos Agreement is pleased to announce the launching of the Pelagos  2017 call for proposals. The call aims to improve knowledge on marine mammals and to propose new management measures on specific issues in the Pelagos Sanctuary.

Applications are open from July 12th to October 11th 2017 at 11:59 pm (UCT / GMT + 2 hours).

To download the call in the Italian version, pdf click here .

To download the call in the French version, pdf click here


An extraordinary Meeting of the Technical and Scientific Committee (TSC) of the Pelagos Agreement will take place the 13th June 2017 at 9.30 a.m.

The ordinary Meeting of the TSC is postponed at the beginning of the month of September 2017.