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: secretariat@pelagos-sanctuary.org 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: https://www.iucncongress2020.org

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!

The Scientific and Technical Committee of the Pelagos Agreement holds its Extraordinary meeting on Monday 5th, and Friday 9th, July 2021 by videoconference.

This meeting takes place in the presence of representatives of the three Member States (France, Italy, Principality of Monaco) and a large number of observers (ACCOBAMS, RAMOGE, CPMR, MIRACETI, CIMA Research Foundation, OceanCare, ETC-UMA, WWF France, etc.).

On this occasion, the next Management Plan (2022-2027) of the Agreement, which provides a new vision for the implementation of activities in the Sanctuary, the Working program and provisional budget for the 2022-2023 biennium will be discussed. Furthermore, the Scientific and Technical Committee will take note of the progress of the international projects funded by the Agreement. Proposals for management measures, developed with the aim of reducing anthropogenic threats in the Sanctuary area, will also be studied.

Finally, the Scientific and Technical Committee will formulate Recommendations to be submitted to the next Meeting of the Parties to the Pelagos Agreement, to be held at the end of 2021.