The international workshop on contamination of cetaceans in the Pelagos Sanctuary was organized by GIS3M (Groupement d'Intérêt Scientifique pour les Mammifères Marins de Méditerranée) as part of the project "Biological and toxicological contamination of cetaceans in the Pelagos Sanctuary: assessment, origin, monitoring and mitigation" funded by the Permanent Secretariat of the Pelagos Agreement. The workshop took place on October 4th 2019 in La Londe-les-Maures (France).

In the morning session, stakeholders presented the results of their work to assess the impact of land-based pollution on cetaceans, whether chemical (detergents, pesticides, heavy metals, hydrocarbons, plastics) and biological (viruses, bacteria and parasites). The afternoon session was dedicated to an exchange of ideas on research priorities and on the harmonization of analysis and monitoring methodologies within the Sanctuary.

The second part of the workshop will take place in early 2020 in Italy. It will aim to propose ideas for the Pelagos Sanctuary in order to reduce the contamination of cetaceans of this area. 

The French National Committee of the Sanctuary was held on October 11th 2019 in Toulon, and in the presence of the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition representatives and the new Executive Secretary of the Pelagos Agreement, Ms. Costanza Favilli.

Partners operating in the Sanctuary took part in the meeting. Among topics on the agenda, progress of international and national activities, as well as research carried out and in progress were discussed.

The next French National Committee of the Sanctuary will take place in the fall of 2020.

pdf Click here  to download the press release in the French version. 
pdf Click here  to download the press release in the Italian version.

The Pelagos Agreement celebrated its 20th anniversary in the presence of the Agreement Authorities. For this occasion, the Maritime Prefect of the Mediterranean, Vice-Admiral Laurent Isnard, invited the Parties to the Pelagos Agreement in his residence at the Fort du Cap Brun, in Toulon, on October 11th.

The ceremony was punctuated by the present Authorities' interventions, permitting to take stock of these first twenty years of activity, as well as to update on the Programme of work and on the tripartite actions to come. 

On September 19th 2019, Ms. Costanza Favilli has been appointed Executive Secretary of the Pelagos Agreement. She took office on September 26th 2019.

The Permanent Secretariat is already working on the priorities identified by the Parties to the Agreement.

The Parties to the Agreement wish Ms. Favilli the best. 

On Friday, September 20th 2019, the final meeting of the "Pelagos Plastic Free" project took place at the Genoa Nautical Show.

The first results of the project, funded by the Permanent Secretariat of the Pelagos Agreement, were announced on this occasion. The scientific research focused on the microorganisms that proliferate around plastic waste abandoned at sea. The project involved numerous local administrations in the Sanctuary area in the development of activities aimed at improving waste management, as well as in the development of awareness-raising activities in schools and seafarers.

For more information on the "Pelagos Plastic Free" project: (website in French and Italian)   


The Municipality of Scarlino (GR), within the framework of its initiatives carried out in fulfilment of the 2nd two-year period of signing of the Partnership Charter of the Pelagos Sanctuary, which took place on June 1, 2017, promoted the event:




"Plastic Free Me"

launch of the plastic free challenge campaign

 Thursday, August 1, 2019, a meeting OPEN TO ALL with guided excursion* for cetacean sighting and plastic recovery at sea

 For the free excursion (max 24 places) obligatory booking- Tel. 0566/38534-38538-38533




9:00 a.m.:  EXCURSION DEPARTURE, DIVING CENTER Canal Harbour - Puntone di Scarlino (Gr)

Departure on board the Feel Dive inflatable boat for the sighting and plastic recovery tour in the Gulf

11:00 a.m.: ALL THAT IS TO KNOW ON THE PLASTIC IN SEA - At the bar - trattoria "IL BALUGANO", Località Butelli - S.P. delle Collacchie, Puntone di Scarlino (Gr)

Public meeting open to all for the dissemination of information on the effects of "Marine Litter" on marine ecosystems in the area of the Sanctuary PELAGOS

11:45 a.m.: OPENING "PLASTIC FREE" for everyone at the bar - trattoria "IL BALUGANO"

Greeting refreshment open to all (with gadget delivery)


Below is the information poster.


The Municipality of Pisa, as part of its initiatives conducted in fulfilment of the first two-year period of signing the Partnership Charter of the Pelagos Sanctuary, which took place on 22 September 2017, has promoted 2 events:

- The Pelagos Dolphin and the Evil Plastic", held on May 13 at the Calambrone playroom and aimed at children between 3 and 8 years and the general public;

- Pelagos: a sea of dolphins", which will be held on Friday, August 2 at 19:00 at the Bagno degli Americani in Tirrenia (PI), facing the general public.


Both initiatives are conducted with the support of the CETUS Centre in Viareggio, which is part of the regional network of the Tuscan Observatory for Biodiversity.

Below is the information poster.

For further information please contact:

Municipality of Pisa, Environment Office tel. 050 910416


The project "Plastic Busters MPAs", promoted by the Department of Physical, Earth and Environmental Sciences of the University of Siena in collaboration with a consortium of international partners, aims to analyze the consequences of micro and macro-plastics on marine biodiversity and endangered species, such as some species of cetaceans, turtles and seabirds. The results of the carried out monitoring activities will provide an exhaustive analysis of the impact of marine litter in the Marine Protected Areas involved in the project.
In July 2019 will begin the monitoring activities of plastics in the area of the Pelagos!
For more information on the project "Plastic Busters MPAs":

May 18th, 2019, the municipality of Varazze and the Istituto Comprensivo Nelson Mandela Varazze-Celle, collaborating with "Menkab: il Respiro del Mare », are organizing the project « DIVERSITÀ D’A-MARE », contributing to the educational inclusion and the protection of the Pelagos Sanctuary. 



In line with the commitments asserted in the Pelagos Partnership Charter, the municipality of Vado Ligure - which has expressed a particular dedication to awareness campaigns towards the protection of marine mammals hereby favouring educational actions to educate people on environmental issues in the Pelagos Sanctuary - has created the Environmental Education Project “IO VADO…CON LE BALENE”, “Going with whales”.


On June 1st, 2019, the “GIORNATA MONDIALE DEL GIOCO”, the project will be introduced to the public and young people or stakeholders who display passions for interesting activities for the project in particular. The goal is to provide maximum visibility to the protection of marine spaces among the youth.


 Please find the details concerning the program:



Find the promotion of the event on facebook following this link: , 


The event will start at 3 p.m on Piazza Cavour in Vado Ligure, the afternoon will be dedicated to eco-friendly games, experiences to build initiaves… with the ever-lasting goal to implement the values of the Pelagos Agreement globally.


Workshops for children include:


  • Stories lighting up the sea

Design your own wishcard lighting up for real, inspired by the environment of the sea and bring it home!


  • Science on point

Enter a marine laborary where experiences with water, observations with microscopes to recognize all the extraordinary species that inhabit the sea.  Come and join us for free!


Exhibition of the structures created by primary school kids of Vado Ligure for the contest “Io Vado…con le balene”


Whales, dolphins and other cetaceans were created by the kids with recycled materials and will be exhibited on the piazza during the whole afternoon to raise awareness on the need to stop plastic litter !


At 5:30 p.m, we will announce the winners of the contest!


The event is organized in cooperation with the animations of the Giornata Mondiale del Gioco, with the Centro Educazione Ambientale Riviera del Beigua and the Servizio Ambiente of Vado Ligure, with the objective to promote the initiatives of the Partnership Charter of the Pelagos Agreement and the specific initiatives of Vado Ligure.It will also be held in cooperation with SAT S.p.A.



Contacts: Centro Educazione Ambientale Riviera del Beigua  tel 327 8818713/ 366 6221213