ACCOBAMS (Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area) is a regional Agreement between governments for the conservation of marine biodiversity and cetaceans in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Its aim is to reduce threats to cetaceans and to improve knowledge about these animals.
ACCOBAMS is the first Agreement of its kind binding the countries in these two subregions into one agenda, enabling governments and civil society to work together on cetacean conservation.
The Agreement requires the governments who have joined (Parties) to implement detailed conservation plans for cetaceans including adopting legislation to ban the deliberate capture of cetaceans, taking measures to minimise the incidental capture of cetaceans and, finally, through creating protected areas.
The ACCOBAMS approach combines both the protection of threatened species and the institution of reinforced geographic protection. Parties commit to assess and manage the interactions between humans and cetaceans, conduct research and continuous monitoring, develop programmes to inform, train and educate the public and set up emergency response measures.
OceanCare has been an official partner of ACCOBAMS since 2004. Within this partnership we contribute our data to the central database OBIS/SEAMAP and also provide educational material in all the languages of the Range states of the Mediterranean Sea. OceanCare has worked on feasibility studies for whale watching programmes in Morocco and Tunisia and has elaborated a National Conservation Action Plan for Tunisia. OceanCare contributes expertise and field data and is involved in various working groups including ocean noise pollution, bycatch and other threats.