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Introduction

The negative effects caused by human activities on cetaceans and sea turtles are increasingly evident. In this regard, the CONCEPTU MARIS team is working to improve the conservation status of these species by contributing to their monitoring. Indeed, they are crucial bioindicators of marine health conditions.

The conservation status of cetaceans and sea turtles is still considered to be largely data deficient, mainly due to the fact that these animals spend most of their lives in remote areas of the high seas, which are more difficult to monitor due to their extension, to the highly dynamic nature of animals and to the high costs associated with monitoring activities in these environments in general.

With the support of the CONCEPTU MARIS team, you can contribute to the protection and conservation of these species by actively participating in the monitoring of cetaceans and sea turtles on board ferries, together with biologists and researchers.

You will be able to identify those species during a theoretical and practical training on board of ferries in 16 different routes in the Western Mediterranean Basin.

Photo: ISPRA – Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research

In order to apply you should be:

  • Above 18 years
  • Interested in this topic and activity
  • Able to stand for several hours while keeping a high level of concentration.

Kindly remind that:

  • This is not a paid activity but your participation would be valuable for you and for the environment
  • Ticket costs are covered by the ferry companies
  • The monitoring will take place only during daylight hours
  • Overnight accommodation is provided but it could happen that, if not, you will be asked to bring with you a sleeping bag.
  • Completing the application form does not guarantee a place on this project, and your participation is subject to finding a suitable match about your availability and project needs.
  • Once the maximum number of participants for each route is reached, the evaluation of the applications forms for the monitoring activity will be suspended

 

What are you waiting for?
Read carefully the description of the routes and choose the one that most inspires you by filling in the application form

List of the available routes

Click on each route to see the specifications (details to be finalized).

Route Cagliari – Palermo
ID-Code CAPA
Route manager Capo Carbonara MPA, Sardinia, Italy
Departure from Port of Cagliari
Day(s) of the week Saturday
Time 5:00 PM
Return to Port of Cagliari
Day(s) of the week Sunday
Time 9:00 PM
Duration 12 h one way, 12 h return
Timing (activity period) Annual route
Specifications: As departure is scheduled at 5 PM on Saturday, the meeting at the port of Cagliari is planned at 4 PM.
During the first day of the trip, activities will be held on the command bridge where a general explanation of on-board monitoring will be provided.
The monitoring will take place on Sunday from 9 AM (departure time from Palermo) until sunset.
The ship will arrive to the port of Cagliari at around 9 PM.
It will be possible to take a lunch break and some breaks every few hours or when necessary.
Overnight accommodation is provided.
Meals are not guaranteed.
Partner email contact to which the application form must be sent areamarinavillasimius@gmail.com
Route Civitavecchia – Barcelona
ID-Code CBAR
Route manager ISPRA
Departure from Port of Civitavecchia
Day(s) of the week Every day except Friday
Time In the evening (each day time departure is different)
Return to Port of Civitavecchia
Day(s) of the week 2 days after departure
Time Late afternoon
Duration 21 h one way, 21 h return (3 days and 2 nights in total)
Timing (activity period) Annual route
Specifications The meeting in the port of Civitavecchia is scheduled 2 hours before departure.
Activities will take place on the command bridge where a general explanation of on-board activties will be given.
The monitoring will take place the day after departure from 8AM until sunset.
The ship will arrive in the port of Barcelona in the afternoon of the second day and will leave Barcelona in the evening. After the second night on board, the team will carry out the monitoring again on the third day.
It will be possible to have a lunch break or some breaks every few hours, or whenever necessary.
Accommodation for the night will be provided.
Meals are not guaranteed.
Partner email contact to which the application form must be sent conceptumaris.citizenscience@gmail.com
Route Ancona – Patras
ID-Code ANPA
Route manager University of Turin
Departure from Port of Ancona
Day(s) of the week Every day except Thursday
Time In the evening (each day time departure is different)
Return to Port of Ancona
Day(s) of the week Every day except Thursday
Time In the evening (each day time departure is different)
Duration 21 h one way, 21 h return
Timing (activity period) Annual route
Specifications. e.g.:
meeting place
departure and arrival times
organisation of day(s) and activities
planned breaks
meals
accommodation
organisation of waiting times on-board
costs to be borne by the volunteer (e.g. port taxes)
insurance
other important info
The meeting at the port of Ancona is planned 2 hour before the departure.
Activities will be held on the command bridge where a general explanation of on-board monitoring will be provided.
The monitoring will take place the day after the departure from 8 AM until sunset.
The ship will arrive to the port of Ancona in the afternoon of the second day.
It will be possible to take a lunch break and some breaks every few hours or when necessary.
Overnight accommodation is provided.
Meals are not guaranteed.
Partner email contact to which the application form must be sent conceptu.anpa@gmail.com
Route Valencia – Ibiza (Botafoch) – Valencia
ID-Code VAIB
Route manager University of Valencia
Departure from Port of Valencia
Day(s) of the week Tuesday
Time 10:00 PM (requires confirmation)
Return to Port of Valencia
Day(s) of the week Wednesday
Time 6:30 PM (requires confirmation)
Duration 6 hours, one way
Timing (activity period) Annual route, twice per month
Specifications The meeting at the Port of Valencia is planned at 8:00 PM. The route Valencia-Ibiza will be overnight, so accommodation is provided. Meals shall be provided by each participant. The ship is expected to arrive to Ibiza at 4:00 AM. Departure from Ibiza will be at 11:30 AM so meeting point again at the Port of Ibiza is planned at 9:30 AM. The main activity(monitor) will occur during the route Ibiza-Valencia on daylight, and will take place on the command bridge for the visual work, until sunset. It will be possible to take a lunch break and some breaks every few hours or when necessary.
Partner email contact to which the application form must be sent natalia.fraija@uv.es; toni.raga@uv.es
Route Valencia – Palma de Mallorca – Valencia
ID-Code VAPA
Route manager University of Valencia
Departure from Port of Valencia
Day(s) of the week Monday
Time 9:45 PM (requires confirmation)
Return to Port of Valencia
Day(s) of the week Tuesday
Time 7:15 PM (requires confirmation)
Duration 7 hours, 30 minutes one way
Timing (activity period) Annual route, twice per month
Specifications The meeting at the Port of Valencia is planned at 7:30 PM. The route Valencia-Palma will be overnight, so accommodation is provided. Meals shall be provided by each participant. The ship is expected to arrive to Palma at 05:00 AM. Departure from Palma will be at 10:45 AM (requires confirmation) so meeting point again at the Port of Palma is planned at 08:30 AM. The main activity(monitoring) will occur during the route Palma-Valencia on daylight, and will take place on the command bridge for the visual work, until sunset. It will be possible to take a lunch break and some breaks every few hours or when necessary.
Partner email contact to which the application form must be sent natalia.fraija@uv.es; toni.raga@uv.es
Route Palermo – Tunis
ID-Code PATU
Route manager University of Palermo
Departure from Port of Palermo
Day(s) of the week Saturday
Time 1:00 PM
Return to Port of Palermo
Day(s) of the week Sunday
Time 4:00 PM (according to schedule, but often late)
Duration 11 h one way, 11 h return
Timing (activity period) All year round
Specifications We meet at Palermo harbour around 10.30 in the morning, in order to have time to do the check-in and pass custom control (is preferable, for this reason, that all passengers have passports instead of ID cards). Once on board we have a packed lunch and, after departure, we start monitoring until sunset. Usually, we have dinner with the crew (2 dinner times, at 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM). On sunday, we start working at down (if the ferry is on schedule-delays are common due to the long time needed for the passengers and containers controls at the Tunis port) until the arrival to Palermo. If possibile, we have lunch with the crew making shift between us (2 lunch times, at 11:00 AM and 12:00 AM). Cabins are always included in our tickets free of charge, with possible exceptions during summertime.
Partner email contact to which the application form must be sent unipaconceptucs@googlegroups.com
Route Toulon-Alcúdia (Majorca)
ID-Code TAL
Route manager EcoOcéan Institut (EOI) based in Montpellier
Departure from Port of Toulon
Day(s) of the week Variable (mainly during the week from June-September, and mainly WE in April-May and October-November)
Time Variable (often end of the day, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM)
Return to Port of Toulon
Day(s) of the week the day after
Time Variable (often the morning of the day after, between 6:00 AM to 12:00 AM)
Duration The night travel last 12 to 13 hours, the day travel last between 10 to 12 hours
Timing (activity period) April to November (sometimes december)
Specifications All logistics issues (team composition, meeting hour and place, etc) are given four days before the mission, as they may vary from one mission to the other.
The meeting at the port of Toulon is one hour before the schedule departure time of the ferry. Travel is provided by EOI from Montpellier to Toulon and way back, as a car leaves and comes back to Montpellier with the whole team and material. If people are not taking this “shuttle”, then the travel costs and arrangements may be at their own responsabilities in contact with EOI.
Before the departure of the ferry there will be a briefing to refresh about protocols and sheets to fill (can be during the shuttle travel or onboard the ferry), and when at the command bridge where activities will be held there will also be a fine-tuned explanation of on-board duties and role.
The monitoring will take place only during the daylight hours, from the beginning until the end following the decision of the responsible of the team, with only one hour rest for the lunch time which is taken by half team (2 persons) per half team in a rotation mode between 12:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
Overnight accommodation is provided (most of the time we get a cabin in the ferry, but for the few times it is not provided, people should take their own mastress and sleeping bag.
Main meals are provided by EcoOcéan Institut most of the time when the mission duration expand over meals time (for example if the mission ended at 6:00 PM, the evening meal is not provided).
Partner email contact to which the application form must be sent ecoocean@wanadoo.fr
Route Toulon-Bastia
ID-Code TBA
Route manager EcoOcéan Institut (EOI) based in Montpellier
Departure from Port of Toulon
Day(s) of the week Variable (mainly during the week from June-September, and mainly WE in April-May and October-November)
Time Variable (often end of the day, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM)
Return to Port of Toulon
Day(s) of the week The day after
Time Variable (often the morning of the day after, between 6:00 AM to 12:00 AM)
Duration The night travel last 9 to 10 hours, the day travel last between 8 to 11 hours
Timing (activity period) April to November (sometimes december)
Specifications All logistics issues (team composition, meeting hour and place, etc) are given four days before the mission, as they may vary from one mission to the other.
The meeting at the port of Toulon is one hour before the schedule departure time of the ferry. Travel is provided by EOI from Montpellier to Toulon and way back, as a car leaves and comes back to Montpellier with the whole team and material. If people are not taking this “shuttle”, then the travel costs and arrangements may be at their own responsabilities in contact with EOI.
Before the departure of the ferry there will be a briefing to refresh about protocols and sheets to fill (can be during the shuttle travel or onboard the ferry), and when at the command bridge where activities will be held there will also be a fine-tuned explanation of on-board duties and role.
The monitoring will take place only during the daylight hours, from the beginning until the end following the decision of the responsible of the team, with only one hour rest for the lunch time which is taken by half team (2 persons) per half team in a rotation mode between 12:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
Overnight accommodation is provided (most of the time we get a cabin in the ferry, but for the few times it is not provided, people should take their own mastress and sleeping bag.
Main meals are provided by EcoOcéan Institut most of the time when the mission duration expand over meals time (for example if the mission ended at 6:00 PM, the evening meal is not provided).
Partner email contact to which the application form must be sent ecoocean@wanadoo.fr
Route Toulon-Ajaccio
ID-Code TAJ
Route manager EcoOcéan Institut (EOI) based in Montpellier
Departure from Port of Toulon
Day(s) of the week Variable (mainly during the week from June-September, and mainly WE in April-May and October-November)
Time Variable (often end of the day, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM)
Return to Port of Toulon
Day(s) of the week The day after
Time Variable (often the morning of the day after, between 6:00 AM to 12:00 AM)
Duration The night travel last 9 to 10 hours, the day travel last between 6 to 8 hours
Timing (activity period) April to November (sometimes december)
Specifications All logistics issues (team composition, meeting hour and place, etc) are given four days before the mission, as they may vary from one mission to the other.
The meeting at the port of Toulon is one hour before the schedule departure time of the ferry. Travel is provided by EOI from Montpellier to Toulon and way back, as a car leaves and comes back to Montpellier with the whole team and material. If people are not taking this “shuttle”, then the travel costs and arrangements may be at their own responsabilities in contact with EOI.
Before the departure of the ferry there will be a briefing to refresh about protocols and sheets to fill (can be during the shuttle travel or onboard the ferry), and when at the command bridge where activities will be held there will also be a fine-tuned explanation of on-board duties and role.
The monitoring will take place only during the daylight hours, from the beginning until the end following the decision of the responsible of the team, with only one hour rest for the lunch time which is taken by half team (2 persons) per half team in a rotation mode between 12:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
Overnight accommodation is provided (most of the time we get a cabin in the ferry, but for the few times it is not provided, people should take their own mastress and sleeping bag.
Main meals are provided by EcoOcéan Institut most of the time when the mission duration expand over meals time (for example if the mission ended at 6:00 PM, the evening meal is not provided).
Partner email contact to which the application form must be sent ecoocean@wanadoo.fr
Route Naples – Palermo
ID-Code NAPA
Route manager SZN
Departure from Naples
Day(s) of the week Monday to Thursday depending on weather conditions
Time 8:00 PM
Return to Naples
Day(s) of the week Day after the departure
Time 7:00 PM
Duration 36 hours
Timing (activity period) Summer
Specifications Departure is scheduled at 8 PM. The day of departure will be decided depending on the weather condition. Regularly, departure is scheduled on Thursday.  The meeting point is at at the port of Naples in Piazzale Immacolatella Vecchia, at 6 PM. Overnight accommodation is provided in shared cabin (4 people/cabin). Meals are not provided. The monitoring will take place on the return trip as soon as the ship leave the harbour
Partner email contact to which the application form must be sent volontari.flt.szn@gmail.com
Route Palermo-Salerno
ID-Code PASA
Route manager SZN
Departure from Naples
Day(s) of the week Monday to Thursday depending on weather conditions
Time 8:00 PM
Return to Salerno
Day(s) of the week Day after the departure
Time 7:00 PM
Duration 36 hours
Timing (activity period) All year round (summer excluded, replaced by NAPA)
Specifications Departure is scheduled at 8 PM. The day of departure will be decided depending on the weather condition. Regularly, departure is scheduled on Thursday.  The meeting point is at at the port of Naples. Overnight accommodation is provided in shared cabin (4 people/cabin). Meals are not provided. The monitoring will take place on the return trip as soon as the ship leave the harbour. The ship will arrive in Salerno arounf 8 PM. Observeres will return to Naples by car. This route is suveryed only if the Salerno Salerno Loop was not possible due to bad weather conditions.
Partner email contact to which the application form must be sent volontari.flt.szn@gmail.com
Route Salerno-Salerno LOOP
ID-Code PASA
Route manager SZN
Departure from Salerno
Day(s) of the week Monday
Time 1:00 PM
Return to Salerno
Day(s) of the week Friday
Time 7:00 PM
Duration 5 days
Timing (activity period) All year round/1 per month
Specifications Departure is scheduled at 1 PM on Monday from the Salerno harbour. The meeting point is at Varco Ponente in the proximity of the Grimaldi Ticket office.  Overnight accommodation is provided in shared cabin (4 people/cabin). Meals are provided. The monitoring will take place during day time on all differnt routes and specifically: Salerno-Palermo, Palermo-Tunisi, Tunisi-Civitavecchia, and return trip. During the survey it will not be possibile to leave the ferry during the stops at the different habours. The ship will return to Salerno around 8 PM on friday. Observeres will return to Naples by car.
Partner email contact to which the application form must be sent volontari.flt.szn@gmail.com
Route Livorno – Bastia
ID-Code LIBA
Route manager CIMA
Departure from Port of Livorno
Day(s) of the week Everyday except weekends from November to March / Everyday from April to October
Time 2:00 PM  (November – March)/ 8:00 AM (April – October)
Return to Port of Livorno
Day(s) of the week Everyday except weekends from November to March / Everyday from April to October
Time 12:00 AM (November – March) / 7:00 PM (April – October)
Duration 4:30 h
Timing (activity period) Annual route
Specifications The meeting at the port of Livorno is planned 1 hour before the departure. Activities will be held on the command bridge where a general explanation of on-board monitoring will be provided. Meals are provided by Corsica Ferries. From November to March the monitoring takes place over two days with an overnight stay in Bastia.
From April to October, monitoring takes place in a single day.
Partner email contact to which the application form must be sent cetasmus@cimafoundation.org
Route Livorno – Golfo Aranci
ID-Code LIGA
Route manager CIMA
Departure from Port of Livorno
Day(s) of the week to be defined
Time to be defined
Return to Port of Livorno
Day(s) of the week to be definied
Time to be defined
Duration 7:30 h
Timing (activity period) May – September
Specifications The meeting at the port of Livorno is planned 1 hour before the departure. Activities will be held on the command bridge where a general explanation of on-board monitoring will be provided. The first day we will arrive at the port of Golfo Aranci approximatly late afternoon, and we will leave again the day after in the morning. The monitoring will take place the first day from departure till sunset, the second day from 8 AM until the arrival.
It will be possible to take a lunch break and some breaks every few hours or when necessary.
Overnight accommodation is provided. Meals are not provided.
Partner email contact to which the application form must be sent cetasmus@cimafoundation.org
Route Savona – Bastia
ID-Code SVBA
Route manager CIMA
Departure from Port of Savona
Day(s) of the week to be defined
Time to be defined
Return to Port of Savona
Day(s) of the week to be defined
Time to be defined
Duration 12h
Timing (activity period) May – September (occasionaly possibly also during other months)
Specifications Survey Schedule is set monthly (in May we set the schedule for June and so on). The meeting at the port of Savona is planned 1 hour before the departure. Activities will be held on the command bridge – a general explanation of on-board monitoring will be provided before going in the command bridge. Usually monitoring activities starta 30minutes after departure . The activities will last all along the travel, pauses for lunch-dinner  or when necessary will be foreseen according to departure-arrival schedule. Sometimes on of the two trips (Outbound or Return) could be run overnight, but usually trips foresees outbound and returns within the same day.
Accomodation onboard (if needed) and meals on board are provided (TO BE CHECKED WITH THE FERRY COMPANY). If ferry schedule foresees to spend one night in Bastia – Hotel and Meals are not provided
Partner email contact to which the application form must be sent cetasmus@cimafoundation.org
Route Nice/Savona – IleRousse/Bastia
ID-Code NIIR-NIBA
Route manager CIMA
Departure from Port of Nice / Port of Savona
Day(s) of the week to be defined
Time to be defined
Return to Port of Nice / Port of Savona
Day(s) of the week to be defined
Time to be defined
Duration to be defined
Timing (activity period) to be defined
Specifications Survey Schedule is set monthly (in May we set the schedule for June and so on). The meeting at the port of Savona/Nice is planned 1 hour before the departure. Activities will be held on the command bridge – a general explanation of on-board monitoring will be provided before going in the command bridge. The activities will last all along the travel, pauses for lunch-dinner or when necessary will be foreseen according to departure-arrival schedule. Sometimes one of the two trips (Outbound or Return) could be run overnight, but usually trips foresees outbound and returns within the same day.
Accomodation onboard (if needed) and meals on board are provided (TO BE CHECKED WITH THE FERRY COMPANY). If ferry schedule foresees to spend one night in Bastia or Ile Rousse – Hotel and Meals are not provided.
Partner email contact to which the application form must be sent cetasmus@cimafoundation.org

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