April, 30th 2019, the municipality of San Giuliano Terme (PI) has signed the Partnership Charter of the Pelagos Agreement, hereby joining the other 106 Italian municipilaties as well as the 111 total signatories, for the protection of marine mammals in the Sanctuary.

           Mayor Sergio di Maio, and Amiral Aurelio Caligiore, captain of RAM CC.PP. have signed the Charter. Coastguards have represented the Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea Protection. The fact that the municipality and a delegation of students from the Institute of Gereschi di Pantasserchio participated to the event sheds light on their commitment to protect the Sanctuary.

           During the meeting, the topical subject of plastic litter in the Mediterranean Sea was tackled : in collaboration with Doctress Elisa Turiani of Legambiante Toscana, we have introduced the Pelagos Plastic Free Project which the municipality chose to support.

            This event marks the entire adhesion of all the coastal Pise municipalities as well as the territories surrounding the Regional Park of San Rossore Migliarino Massaciuccoli.



On March, 19th, 2019. Roquebrune-sur-Argens officially signed the Partnership Charter for the Pelagos Sanctuary, confirming its intention to commit to the protection of the marine mammals of the Pelagos Sanctuary. 

We thank Roquebrune-sur-Argens and wish them a warm welcome!




On September 25th, 2018 in Barrettali, ten municipalities if the Natural Marine Park of Cap Corse and l'Agriate / Parc naturale marine du u Capicorsu è di l'Agriate, have signed the Charter of the Pelagos Agreement! The municipalities including Centuri, Olmeta di Capicorsu, Patrimoniu, Pinu, Ruglianu, San Fiurenzu, San Gavinu di Tenda, San Martinu di Lota, Santu Petru di Tenda and Siscu have therefore further expressed their pledge to protect the marine mammals of the Pelagos Sanctuary as well as their habitat. 

Many thanks and a warm welcome to the ten of them! 



The Pelagos Agreement recruits an Executive Secretary!

The deadline for all submissions is by 11:59 pm (UCT/GMT + 2 hours) Sunday October 14th 2018.

Submissions will be presented by e-mail at the Permanent Secretariat of the Pelagos Agreement.

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

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


The Permanent Secretariats of the Pelagos Agreement and the ACCOBAMS and CIMA Research Foundation are organizing a photographic exhibition, at the Galerie des pêcheurs in Monaco, on cetaceans and the threats they face. The exhibition, visible until May 7th, 2018, will be inaugurated during the 2nd edition of Monaco Ocean Week, on the occasion of a Memorandum of Understanding signature between the Secretariats of the ACCOBAMS and the Pelagos Agreement.


The municipality of Ceriale (Province of Savona) has recently decided to adhere to the Pelagos Partnership Charter.

At present, the accessions of the Italian Party have reached 97 accessions out of 111 coastal municipalities of the Italian coastline. With regard to the Ligurian region, 58 municipalities have joined out of 63 eligible, equal to 92 % at regional level. 





The municipalities of Framura (Province of La Spezia) and Alassio (Province of Savona) have recently decided to adhere to the Partnership Charter. They are the 56th and the 57th adherences or the Region of Liguria. The accessions on the Italian Party have reached 96 accessions out of 111 Coastal municipalities of the 3 Regions involved (Liguria, Tuscany and Sardinia) located within the area of the Pelagos Sanctuary, reaching  87% of the eligible total.

At present the following results have been achieved:

LIGURIA: 57 Municipalities have joined out of 63 eligible, equal to 90% at regional level (of which one of them have been declared as lapsed due to failure to renew their membership);

TUSCANY: 26 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 one of them because hasn't signed up the Charter yet);

SARDINIA: 13 Municipalities have joined out of 13 eligible, equal to 100% at regional level.


The 11th Technical and Scientific Committee of the Pelagos Agreement will be held on Friday 20th of April 2018 in the Principality of Monaco. In this occasion, the Presidency of the Committee held by Italy will be transferred to France for a period of two years. Some working groups will also be created in view of the implementation of the 2018-2019 working program.

The meeting is open to observers. Organisations wishing to take part to the meeting are invited to contact the Permanent Secretariat of the Agreement at the following address: secretariat@pelagos-sanctuary.org 



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.