Malta live blog Day 3: International workshop on Marine Protected Areas

18.14 “Without data, you’re just a person with an opinion” – a good conclusion to continue the amazing work that has been presented in the last 3 days, where we now come out with a lot of positive energy and concrete steps forward. Over and out!

Banner by Luis Martínez

17.18 The workshop is now coming to an end. We have had discussions between governments, NGOs, about conservation actions needs and policy measures, from seabirds to learning what’s worked for marine mammals.

It seems that the seabird community is a very coordinated group! So kudos to all. And as Julien from the MAVA foundation says “Go Seabirds”. We whole-heartedly share that message!


17.04 In the eastern Med, the Yelkouan Shearwater seems to be a good indicator species to understand the interaction between Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea.

First up is compile all the information that is already there. It might seem strange, but if the data is sitting in different computers, there won’t be a coherent analysis. So just coming together “online” is a big step. It also seems that there needs to have a census across the region, as well as building a network of observers.

Yelkouan Shearwater, a good indicator species

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