Second Workshop of the Marine Mammals Twinning Project – Transatlantic MPAs Project


This week the Transatlantic Marine Protected Areas’ project is in Husavik, Iceland. The Whales Museum is hosting the second workshop of its partners and experts of this twinning project, where the debate of conservation of mammals (whales, dauphins, and many other marine mammals ) and their important at transatlantic scale is raised.

The marine mammals twinning project aims to enhance protection and knowledge of whales in the Atlantic Ocean, with twinning partner organisations from the French Caribbean (Agoa, an MPA devoted to marine mammal conservation), Bermuda (Marine Mammal Sanctuary) and the Azores (Azores Marine Park).

An existing whale protection programme in North America and the Caribbean contributes to improving management of this endangered species, from feeding and nursery grounds in the US Gulf of Maine to breeding and calving areas in the Caribbean. However, there is currently no communication with other areas of whales’ Atlantic range: notably a breeding area near Cape Verde and feeding grounds stretching to the north of Iceland and Norway.

The twinning project will add value by promoting collaboration across this wider area – on research, monitoring and outreach programmes – with the aim to contribute to better protection for whales throughout the Atlantic.