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Goal 14 implementation for the protection of Mediterranean sea's whales and dolphins
by Battibaleno association (Civil society organization)
Through its activities, Battibaleno association promotes the knowledge of marine mammals to encourage their protection and contributes to the effective creation of protected areas in the Mediterranean sea, as well as providing the scientific community with research data.

MONITORING AND CETACEANS' RESEARCH'S SEA EXPEDITIONS: Battibaleno conducts monitoring campaigns of the Western Mediterranean, according to the "linear transect" and "photo-identification" method. The sightings made during our expeditions are transmitted to ISPRA (Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research), IWC (International Whaling Commission) and Tethys Research Institute, for the citizen science project "Cetacei FAI attenzione", organized with the fund FAI for the Environment.

DELPHIS TRAINING (WORKSHOP FOR OBSERVERS OF CETACEANS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA): ​​it's an interactive environmental education "format" aimed at schools, sailors and yachtsmen, institutions and all sea lovers. Delphis Training promotes the environmental value of the "Marine Mammal Sanctuary" in an original and entertaining way and spreads the bases for a conscious behavior compatible with the ecosystem.

DELPHIS OPERATION: Battibaleno organises Delphis Operation, the traditional citizen science event, that since 1996, mobilizes sailors and yachtsmen from all over the Mediterranean. Delphis Operations is a campaign to raise awareness, to inspire more and more yachtsmen to become naturalist navigators and to create every year a new "instant-panoramic-picture" of the surface of the sea, starting from a large number of simultaneous observation points, distributed along the Italian coasts and other Mediterranean countries.

How it works: each crew is assigned the mission to monitor, from 12:00 to 13:00, a zone of sea chosen by the Commander of the ship or boat. During this time the crews will have to observe, identify and count cetaceans, sea turtles, jellyfish and visible pollution, plastics and hydrocarbons.
This method of data collection carried out simultaneously by all the boats positioned on different ship points, rightly distributed, allows to obtain an instant panoramic picture of the state of the sea. This image will provide an objective assessment of the minimum number of cetaceans present in the
Mediterranean, useful for the scientific community, which could never cover the same surface with research boats.
Since 2019 Delphis Operation, participating crews enrich their effort by removing plastic from the sea surface, taking part in the Remove Plastic Challenge, fully integrated in Delphis Operation's mission and goals.

SEA CLEANING AND MARINE FAUNA'S DAMAGE PREVENTION: Battibaleno actively collaborates in the removal of plastics and other floating waste, joining beaches and sea cleaning projects. Also crews participating in DELPHIS Operation engage in plastic removal and pollution sightings' reporting.
Progress reports
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Scientific cooperation
Report of winter monitoring campaigns
Presentation of 2019 Delphis Operation's results
Presentation of 2020 Delphis Operation's results
Other, please specify
Sailing boat
Staff / Technical expertise
Skipper, photographer, scientists
Basic information
Time-frame: 12/2018 - Indeterminate
FISPMED Mediterranean Network (Civil Society Organization), Italian Naval League (Civil Society Organization), Delfini Metropolitani project (Scientific community)
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
All Mediterranean sea's coastal countries.
Contact information
Alberto Marco Gattoni, President, info@battibaleno.it, +39 3474344148
Via Defendente Sacchi, 13 (PV)
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