In defense of the giants
of the Mediterranean Sea

The project

Abandoned fishing gear, maritime traffic, plastic pollution. The negative effects caused by human activities on cetaceans and sea turtles are increasingly evident. It has therefore become urgent to know better the distribution of the most widespread species in order to develop efficacy strategies.

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A great recognition

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LIFE Conceptu Maris won the second prize, the “Classic Blue”, as part of the Make EU Blue Awards 2024, promoted by the EU4Ocean coalition.

The LIFE Conceptu Maris photo contest, 2024 edition

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You have until September 22, 2024 to send images for the third edition of the LIFE Conceptu Maris photo contest.

Data to share

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One of Conceptu Maris' strengths is the use of commercial ferries as observation platforms and research laboratories. This topic and the various projects active in the central and western Mediterranean…

LIFE Conceptu Maris researchers meet at the European Cetacean Society Conference in Catania

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This year too, the appointment for Conceptu Maris is renewed with the European Cetacean Society Conference, which for the 35th edition will be held in Catania, Sicily, on 10-12 April…

Conceptu Maris first documentary

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The first version of the LIFE Conceptu Maris project documentary LIFE20 NAT/IT/001371 was published on the official website and on the Youtube channel. Produced by Triton Research, with the financial…

A Shared Database

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From November 22nd to November 24th, 2023, representatives from Life Conceptu Maris partners and members of the Advisory Board gathered at the ISPRA headquarters in Rome to discuss further improvements…

         Citizen science

                      Be a part of cetacean and sea turtle monitoring!



Get on board on the ferries together with Conceptu Maris researchers (16 routes available throughout the Mediterranean Sea) and make a concrete contribution to the protection and conservation of these species.


The species to be protected

In the Mediterranean Sea, you can observe 8 species of cetaceans and 3 of sea turtles on a regular basis. Spotting mammals such as striped dolphins and bottlenose dolphins in the open sea is not difficult, but to see a leatherback turtle you have to be very lucky.

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Associated beneficiaries

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