Institutional bodies
Ministère de l'Ecologie, de l'Energie, du Développement durable et de la Mer M.E.E.D.D.M
Ministère des Affaires Etrangères MAE
Préfecture Maritime de la Méditerranée PréMar
Préfectures des régions PACA et Corse  
Direction Régionale des affaires Maritimes PACA DRAM PACA
Direction Régionale des affaires Maritimes Corse DRAM Corse
Direction Départementale des affaires Maritimes de Haute-Corse DDAM 2B
Direction Départementale des affaires Maritimes du Var DDAM 83
Marine Nationale  
Douanes - Gardes côtes Douanes - Gardes côtes
Direction Régionale de l'Environnement Façade Méditerranéenne DIREN PACA
Façade Méditerranéenne
Direction Régionale de l'Environnement Corse DIREN Corse
Direction Régionale de l'Environnement PACA DIREN PACA
Parc national de Port-Cros PNPC


Collectivité Territoriale de Corse (Office de l'environnement de la Corse)  
Région Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur Région PACA
Conseil Général des Alpes-Maritimes CG 06
Conseil Général de la Corse du sud CG 2A
Conseil Général de Haute-Corse CG 2B
Conseil Général du Var CG 83
Armateurs de France  
Société Nationale Maritime Corse Méditerranée SNCM
Corsica Ferries  
La Méridionale  
Comite Regional des Pêches et des Elevages Marins PACA CRPMEM PACA
Comite Regional des Pêches et des Elevages Marins de Corse CRPMEM de Corse
Prud'homie de Balagne    
Coordination des pêcheurs de l'Etang de Berre et de la Région    
Comite Local des Pêches et des Elevages Marins du Var CLPMEM 83
Research (laboratories & institutions)
Centre d'Etudes Biologiques de Chizé - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CEBC - CNRS
Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation CRC
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - INSU CNRS INSU
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique LOB CNRS LOB
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes EPHE
Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la MER   IFREMER
Université de Cagliari  
Université de Marseille  
CNRS LSIS - site université de Toulon  
Experts extérieurs
Public awareness & research (NGO, foundation, etc.)
Baleines et Dauphins Sans frontières BDSF
Corsica Mare Osservazione  

Groupe d'Etude des Cétacés En Méditerranée GECEM
Groupement d´Intérêt Scientifique pour les Mammifères Marins en Méditerranée GIS3M
GRoupe d'étude des Cétacés GREC
Fondation Marineland  
Mi Air-Mi Eau  
Réserve Internationale Marine de Méditerranée Occidentale RIMMO
SOS Grand Bleu  
Souffleurs d'écume  
World Wide Fund France WWF France
LIFE Limitation des Interaction Négatives entre les Dauphins et les Activités humaines
LIFE Linda

See also:

The Pelagos Agreement is rendered enforceable in France by pdf Decree n°2002-1016 of 18 July 2002 . It took a decade of discussion and information sharing before France, Italy and Monaco signed an Agreement concerning the creation of a Mediterranean Sanctuary for Marine Mammals on November 25, 1999. After ratification by the three countries, the Agreement came into effect on February 21, 2002. It covers a vast marine area that extends across the 87,500 sq. km of the waters of the Corso-Liguro-Provençal Basin. 

In March 1994, the Port-Cros National Park was appointed by the French Ministry for the Environment as coordinator of scientific studies and other initiatives relating to cetaceans in the northwestern Mediterranean.

Drawing on this experience, in December 1999, the Ministry for the ecology quite logically entrusted the Port-Cros National Park with the coordination and supervision of the activities of the French groups involved in implementing the Agreement (administrations, local governments, professionals, research teams, users, NGOs and charities). The first meetings enabled the development of the management strategy of the French branch. Since then, the Port-Cros National Park has worked with the groups via a consultation and partnership policy.

When the Pelagos Sanctuary was created, three specialist working groups were formed, as agreed by all partners (representatives of the Maritime Prefect for the Mediterranean, regional directors of governmental bodies in charge of seas, fisheries and the environment, and the local administrative authorities for Corsica and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, laboratories and scientific research units, associations engaged in furthering the knowledge and protection of marine mammals, operators of sea species observations, maritime transport businesses and professional fishing bodies). These form the working groups for ‘Research’, ‘Awareness and ‘Human activities’.

In 2006, it was suggested that the partners of the French branch should also come together for targeted projects in order to create specific initiatives in line with the tripartite priority aims. The ‘Dashboard’ became an indispensable tool from this point on: regularly updated, it provides a comprehensive overview of what needs to be done and the corresponding timeframe, acting as a clear guide for the activities of the French branch, as well as keeping all the partners of the Pelagos Sanctuary French Part up to date.

All such work is carried out under the authority of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Sea. Discussions among group members point to the necessary complementarity of financial, human and logistical resources. The formal involvement of the organizations within these groups, through their regional representatives, shows that everyone involved is in favor of a constructive approach to the harmonious management ofhabitats and species that incorporates issues relating to human activities.

The Port-Cros National Park manages the French branch and acts as secretariat for all administrative and communication actions.

The Steering Committee (SC) approves the proposals of the National Sanctuary Committee, French working groups and the Permanent Secretariat. It also organizes international meetings, with a particular responsibility for the designation of French delegation members.

The National Sanctuary Committee (NSC) collects the information provided and examines all group initiatives and proposes management measures. After vetting by the Steering Committee, proposals are shared with the other partners – Italy and Monaco. The first NSC meeting took place in Ajaccio on June 10, 2005 and was hosted by the fishermen’s union (Comité des pêches et prud’homies) and Corsica’s Environment Office. Subsequent meetings took place in Hyères in 2008 and 2013.

The ‘Research’ Working Group is responsible for establishing research priorities – which studies should be carried out and when – on the basis of current knowledge and their importance for the Sanctuary. It is also responsible for assessing all studies that are in progress or that have been completed in order to provide a scientific insight into the inherent problems of managing human activities in the Sanctuary, with a special focus on providing such an opinion at the behest of the Maritime Prefect for the Mediterranean.

A ‘stranding’ sub-group supports the work carried out as part of the national ‘stranding’ network, coordinated by GECEM for the Mediterranean.

The ‘Human Activities’ Working Group lists human activities that may have an impact on cetaceans or their habitats and defines the measures required to reduce the impact.

It acts as a think tank to combat degassing operations and oil pollution, the impact of kerosene discharges at sea and of various pollutants, including land-based ones, the ‘wake effect’ and boat collisions, professional fishing and marine-sightseeing tourism.  Fishermen, having already been made very aware of this problem, have worked alongside these efforts to reduce the impact of nets and the resulting accidental by-catches of dolphins.

The ‘Awareness’ Working Group proposes an information, communication and awareness-raising policy on the Sanctuary adapted to its different audiences (schoolchildren, professionals, tourists, local elected officials etc.). It works with the team in charge of producing awareness-raising materials (information booklet on the Sanctuary and the species within it, exhibitions, awareness campaigns etc.).

Created on December 14, 1963, the Port-Cros National Park, which extends across some 700 ha of land and over a 1,288 ha marine area, is one of France’s two oldest national parks and Europe’s first marine park. It covers the islands of Port-Cros and Bagaud as well as the islets of La Gabinière and Le Rascas.

The Port-Cros National Park appears on the Natura 2000 list and has, since 1999, been responsible for establishing and maintaining the French Part of the Pelagos Sanctuary.

Since December 1999, the Port-Cros National Park has supervised the French Part of the Pelagos Sanctuary. The leadership team for the French Part of the Pelagos Sanctuary is based in the park’s offices in the Castel Sainte Claire, in the old town of Hyères. The five agents of this public-law institution contribute to the success of the mandate.

For more information, visit the official website of the Port-Cros National Park:

Contact us:  

Partie française du Sanctuaire Pelagos
Parc national de Port-Cros 
Castel Sainte-Claire BP 70220 
83406 Hyères Cedex (France) 

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