25 years dedicated to the conservation of cetaceans and marine ecosystems

Anniversary gift from Green Balkans
The annual meeting of the ACCOBAMS Scientific Council was held in Monaco from November 22 to 26 under the motto "Because cetaceans can't be silenced". The event also coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and the Adjacent Atlantic area. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Green Balkans NGO, an official partner of ACCOBAMS, presenting the activities related to dolphin research in the Black Sea – bycatche monitoring and implementation of measures to mitigate its impact, study of number and distribution of populations of Black Sea species and their health status.
On November 23th, the official anniversary event was held, at which Prince Albert II of Monaco presented his congratulations and support and opened an artistic installation presenting a bench made out of recycled plastic waste, which would draw public attention to the problem of pollution of the marine environment and ways to address it.
During the meeting in several days were discussed the activities and projects implemented in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, the problems facing the conservation of cetaceans and their habitats. On the basis of all this, recommendations for future actions and cooperation have been prepared, which will help to more successfully implement measures to prevent the negative impact.
As a longtime partner of ACCOBAMS, dedicated to the protection of marine mammals and ecosystem, the Green Balkans team prepared a special anniversary gift to be presented to the Secretariat’s representatives during the event, together with our sincere congratulations and wishes for even more partnerships, successes and cetacean adventures in the future.
Dimitar Popov: