The creation of the Pelagos Sanctuary is also an opportunity to implement a scientific program monitoring cetacean populations, as well as their habitats and the threats they face. The results of research are used to guide general management decisions so that measures taken by the countries and partner groups are better able to protect the cetaceans of the Pelagos Sanctuary, with the ultimate aim of enabling these species and human activities to co-exist.

In France, the use of a passive listening device at sea is subject to a prior declaration or an authorization request from the DDTM (Directions Départementales des Territoires et de la Mer) or the maritime prefecture of the French Mediterranean. The form can be downloaded from the link below and it must be sent at least two months before installing the equipment or using the towed device.

DEclaration form or authorization request for the use of a passive listening devise in French waters.