Period: from 01/2020 to 12/2024
Coordinating Beneficiary: CNR – IRBIM National Research Council
Associated beneficiaries: MPA Isole Egadi, MPA Torre del Cerrano, Filicudi WildlLIife Conservation, University of Padua, MPA Punta Campanella, MPA Tavolara, Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation, Legambiente, University of Siena.
The LIFE DELFI project stems from the growing concern within the international scientific community about the interactions of cetaceans with professional fishing activities. Of particular concern is the frequent finding of injuries from interaction with fishing gear on dolphin carcasses found on beaches or at sea. This is why LIFE DELFI is working to minimise interaction between dolphins and professional fishing. Research and monitoring of dolphins are carried out to better understand their behaviour around gear and the extent of their interactions. Fishermen are involved with a busy programme of at-sea activities and training courses to encourage them towards sustainable fishing activities.