26 July 2019
One Ocean Foundation launches the project “Canyon of Caprera”, supporting the association SEA ME Sardinia Onlus (www.seame.it), dedicated in a long-term research on pelagic cetaceans in the sea area between 15 and 30 miles from Capo Ferro, region known as “Canyon of Caprera”.
The area was unknown to the scientific world before these studies and it is the first long-term survey dedicated to the study of cetaceans and their habitat in Sardinia. The eight years of research have highlighted the existence of a key area of high biodiversity for cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea and for all the pelagic marine fauna, at a short distance from the Gallura Coasts and the Bonifacio Strait that separate Sardinia and Corsica.
7 of the 8 regular species of cetaceans in the western Mediterranean have been recorded in the area: common whale, sperm whale, Cuvuer’s whale, grampus, common dolphin, striped dolphin, bottlenose dolphin. The ongoing studies will facilitate the progress in knowledge of the abundance, distribution, patterns of movement, selection and use of the habitat of cetacean populations in the Mediterranean, which will be the subject of peer-reviewed publications in international literature.
Among the objectives of the project, One Ocean Foundation and SEA ME are committed to obtain solid scientific data by 2020 by producing a report to allow the nomination of the Canyon of Caprera as Area of Importance for marine mammals (IMMA), supporting its conservation and protection, and helping to raise awareness among a wider public on the issues of preservation of the marine environment.