In the framework of the Small Project « MPAs and endangered sharks in the Mediterranean: a pilot project in the Pelagie Islands MPA », the research group of Marine Ecology and Conservation (Dept. of Earth and Marine Science, University of Palermo) carried out a study on the seasonal aggregation of the sandbar shark Carcharhinus plumbeus around the Island of Lampione (Southern Italy).
They have assessed the possible ecological, social and economic effects of the interactions between humans and sharks.
Working in collaboration with scientists, MPA managers, tourists, diving operators, fishers and other locals, they have developed a Code of Conduct for responsible tourism on Lampione Island. The Code of Conduct consists of simple rules to be followed by divers and boaters, in order to protect the endangered shark species.
Using videos of their field surveys and working with a filmmaker, the research group is preparing a video on the results of the project. Here is a short trailer:
For more information: marco.milazzo[at]unipa.it; carlo.cattano[at]szn.it or visit Instagram @meclab_unipa
This project is funded by the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. The project was selected in the framework of the MedPAN Regular Call for Small Projects. It started in July 2019 and should be completed by October 2020.
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