Training and dissemination actions to improve the conservation of cetaceans in Cap de Creus
The observation of dolphins and whales in the waters of the Cap de Creus Natural Park has become more notorious in recent years. A stable bottlenose dolphin population very close to shore and the increase in recreational boats make a combination that is not always beneficial for both parties. The project “Tramuntana Dolphins” of SUBMON has confirmed Cap de Creus as an area of great importance for cetaceans. Specifically, since 2017, the population of bottlenose dolphins present in Cap de Creus has been studied and it has been possible to determine the area as a breeding and feeding area for the species. Other species are present less frequently, but regularly. The bottlenose dolphin and the fin whale are also species that can be seen near the coast in the Park and its surroundings.
Given this situation, the awareness of users of the nautical sector is essential for the conservation of dolphins and whales in Cap de Creus, as well as a network and well-coordinated work of guards and security forces in the waters of the natural park.
In this context, the project “Training and dissemination actions to improve the conservation of cetaceans in Cap de Creus” was born, within the framework of the Grants for actions in natural spaces 2020, of the Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Generalitat de Catalunya, more current than ever after the recent news of the improper interaction of boats with three fin whales that were passing through the area.
The main objective of the training and dissemination actions proposed is to contribute to the conservation of cetacean populations in the Cap de Creus Natural Park, combining the tourist uses of the coast with the presence of these animals in its waters. This objective is being carried out through the elaboration of dissemination and information material, the organization of training and collaboration meetings with the staff of the Cap de Creus Natural Park and the security forces, and informative talks in nautical clubs from all over the coast close to the park and to diving centers that operate within the park, to inform them about RD 1727/2007 and best practices for approaching and sighting cetaceans.
You will found more information about the materials here.