The French National Committee of the Pelagos Sanctuary (CNS) held its meeting on Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 in Ville di Pietrabugno (Haute Corse).

This meeting, which brings together all the French partners (institutional, socio-professional, scientific, associative), brought together about sixty participants (in person or by videoconference) around the representatives of the french Ministry of Ecological Transition, the Préfecture Maritime de la Méditerranée, the Permanent Secretariat of the Pelagos Agreement and the French animation team.

The CNS was the opportunity to officially welcome the Municipality of Ville di Pietrabugno to the network of municipalities/Etablissements Publics de Coopération Intercommunales (EPCI) signatories of the Pelagos Charter.

Rich in exchanges and discussions on Mediterranean marine mammals and the protection of species and their habitats, everyone could express his views on the subjects discussed during the meeting.

At the international level, the Permanent Secretariat of the Pelagos Agreement presented the draft 2022-2027 Management Plan, which will be submitted for validation at the 8th Meeting of the Parties next December in Rome. ACCOBAMS presented the NETCCOBAMS project. 

At the national level, the municipalities/EPCI signatories of the Partnership Charter shared their commitment and the initiatives carried out locally. In addition, the Office de l’Environnement de la Corse and the Cap Corse and Agriate Marine Natural Park presented their actions in favour of cetaceans.

The Préfecture Maritime de la Méditerranée informed the meeting about the treatment of historical ammunition, for which a doctrine is being drafted. The new regulation in force, following the Ulysse decree of 06/07/2021, which extends the ban on approaching cetaceans to less than 100 metres to all french Mediterranean waters, has been recalled.

The French Ministry of Ecological Transition gave an update on current issues such as the Particularly Sensitive Sea Area project, underwater noise and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive action plan.

The french animation team stressed:

  •  the essential role of the Sanctuary's partner municipalities and EPCI in spreading its action throughout the territory and particularly in Corsica through the distribution of communication and awareness-raising tools made freely available (exhibitions, posters, bookmarks, footage, etc.). The network continues to grow with new Pelagos Charter signatures scheduled in the near future;
  • the availability of management tools (IMMERCET, TraCasse) ready to be deployed as soon as a large marine mammal carcass will be eligible to be sunk
  •  the setting up of a working group (State services, scientists and associations) on the development of criteria for issuing derogations for filming requests, which will draw up a decision support grid for State services;
  •  the launch of the three-year research programme 2021-2023 and the call for thesis proposals for the PNPC/Pelagos.

In addition, two presentations were made, one by Océane Desbonnes (Master 2 supervised by GREC) on the identification of cetacean disturbance thanks to the PADOC application; the other by Professor Glotin (University of Toulon) on the results of Bombyx 1 and the progress of Bombyx 2, which, with the deployment of 8 buoys along the Mediterranean coastline, will detect the presence of large cetaceans and relay information to the REPCET® anti-collision system and the authorities.

The next meeting is scheduled for autumn 2022 in the Var!


Observing cetaceans in their natural environment is commonly called "whale watching". Badly practiced, this activity can be a source of disturbance, while well managed, it becomes a very good tool for environmental awareness.

Within the Pelagos Sanctuary, 8 species of cetaceans are frequently observed. To respect their tranquility, the French animation team of the Pelagos Sanctuary invites you to watch this short film entitled "For an eco-responsible approach of marine mammals".

Cetaceans are protected species. Since January 1st, 2021, the approach to less than 100 meters is considered an intentional disturbance and is therefore prohibited within marine protected areas including the Pelagos Sanctuary (see amended Decree of July 1st, 2011 in French version).


Copyright : French animation team of the Pelagos Sanctuary - Port-Cros National Park
Financed by the French Ministry of Ecological Transition
Produced by Regard du Vivant - 2020 with the support of the TOTAL Foundation

The 8th Meeting of the Parties to the Pelagos Agreement will be held on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th December, 2021 in Rome and by videoconference.

On this occasion, the Parties to the Agreement will adopt the new Management Plan (2022-2027), the provisional budget and the Working Program for the 2022-2023 biennium. They will also examine the recommendations of the international projects financed by the Pelagos Agreement and approve the Terms of Reference for the creation of a "Pelagos Voluntary Fund" as well as the constitution of new Working Groups. During the meeting, the Italian Party will take the Presidency of the Agreement for the next two years.

If you wish to take part in the 8th Meeting of the Parties to the Pelagos Agreement, please send an email to: no later than October 15th, 2021. 

On September 16th, 2021, the municipality of Bormes-les-Mimosas signed the Pelagos Partnership Charter, confirming its intention to commit to the protection of the marine mammals of the Pelagos Sanctuary. 

We thank Bormes-les-Mimosas and wish them a warm welcome!

The next French National Committee of the Pelagos Sanctuary, organized and animated jointly by the French Ministry of Ecological Transition and the animation team of the French Part of the Pelagos Agreement will be held on Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 in Ville di Pietrabugno (France, High Corsica).

This annual meeting aims to present the ongoing and future French Part and international activities, as well as exchange with the different partners of the Sanctuary.

On the occasion of the IUCN World Conservation Congress, the Parties to the Pelagos Agreement and Spain participated in a roundtable on the theme "Contributing into building governance for a transboundary Particularly Sensitive Sea Area in North-Western Mediterranean Sea".

This event constituted a first time of exchange on the criteria for the designation of a PSSA in the International Maritime Organization, the functioning of this institution and the relevance of such a proposal in the considered area, which would also integrate the Pelagos Sanctuary.

In this perspective, the Parties reiterated their availability to cooperate in this process, notably during a technical workshop to be held during the month of October 2021.

The Pelagos Agreement participated in the IUCN World Conservation Congress on the theme "Protecting marine biodiversity: the Pelagos and RAMOGE Agreements, two examples of sub-regional cooperation".

On this occasion, the Permanent Secretariat presented the cooperation instruments of the Agreement with local actors and boaters: the Partnership Charter and the “Pelagos Ambassadors” initiative.

Click here to find the intervention of the Permanent Secretariat in french version.

The Pelagos Agreement participated in the 2nd edition of the Sea Days organized by the Communauté de la Riviera Française on August 28th and 29th, 2021.

On this occasion, the public could discover the Pelagos Sanctuary, the species that frequent it as well as the activities carried out at the international level.

In order to make the youngest aware of the importance of preserving the biodiversity in the Mediterranean in a playful way, an educational Game of Goose was proposed, realized jointly with the ACCOBAMS and RAMOGE Agreements.

On the occasion of the the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress (Marseille, September 3rd-11th, 2021), the Pelagos and RAMOGE Agreements hold a conference entitled “Strengthen the protection of biodiversity through sub regional cooperation”.

During this event, the Pelagos Agreement will present the awareness-rising actions in favor of the conservation of cetaceans and their habitats: Partnership Charter and Pelagos Ambassadors.

The conference will be broadcasted on the Facebook and Instagram pages of the Agreement.

See you on Sunday 5th September at the French Pavilion, from 11am to 11.45am. 

For more information on the World Conservation Congress, click on the following link:

The Pelagos, ACCOBAMS and RAMOGE Agreements take part to the 2nd edition of the Days of the Sea, organized by the Communauté de la Riviera Française (28-29 August 2021).

During this event dedicated to the protection of the marine environment, the three agreements will raise awareness of the young public to the conservation of biodiversity and marine mammals in the Mediterranean in a funny way, and through participation in various games.

Click pdf here  to download the program of the Sea Days in French version. 

See you on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th August at the esplanade Jean Gioan in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, from 10am to 5pm!