Fishery-independent abundance and density of swordfish in the Central Mediterranean

Freshly accepted paper in the Deep Sea Research Part II Special Issue on European Marine Megafauna. It is currently available online at the link provided below. Enjoy reading. 

Lauriano G., Pierantonio N., Kelly L., Cañadas A., Donovan G. P., Panigada S. 2017. Fishery-independent surface abundance and density estimates of swordfish (Xiphias gladius) from aerial surveys in the Central Mediterranean Sea. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2017.04.019


Monitoring fin whales in the Central Mediterranean Sea

The Tethys Research Institute, with the support of the local Marine Protected Area of Pelagie Islands, is monitoring fin whale movement and migration patterns in the Mediterranean Sea through a satellite telemetry programme. Research activities are carried out in the Island of Lampedusa, Central Mediterranean Sea. In the following video (sorry only in italian, but hopefully soon with subtitles) The Tethys vice-president, Simone Panigada, explains why.


The Tethys Research Institute on Wikipedia


on the move…

Tethys Research Institute field research cruises

Founded in 1986, the Tethys Research Institute is a private non-profit organization specializing in cetacean research. Tethys has generated one of the largest data-sets on Mediterranean cetaceans and contributed over 300 scientific publications.

Since 1990 Tethys has been organizing whale and dolphin field courses dedicated to those who are willing to contribute to research and conservation campaigns. These courses represent a unique opportunity of observing marine mammals in their natural environment and discover the fascinating world of cetacean research. Participants of all nationalities are involved in activities conducted in the field including whale and dolphin sightings, data collection at sea with advanced methodologies and informal lectures by the Tethys staff.

You can join and participate to the Tethys field cruises in the Ligurian Sea , NW Mediterranean, and contribute to the conservation of whales and dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea. Have a look at the Tethys expeditions web page and please help disseminating the information!

See also:

The best whale watching in Europe (by Eric Hoyt, WDCS – page 54)

Tethys research activities

Tethys photo album

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