Thousands of Yelkouan Shearwaters gathered in the Black Sea, east of the Strait of Kerch           (photo: A. V. Popovich)     
CIESM Seabird Program identifies seasonal Adriatic - Black Sea connectivity

Seabirds, highly threatened by global change, are now an integral part of CIESM research. We started our investigations with the seasonal migration of the Yelkouan Shearwater- a pelagic seabird endemic to the Mediterranean and Black Sea- on which so little is known. In late June, on a remote Croatian island, we equipped a dozen birds with extra-light satellite transmitters. Since then, half of them have embarked one by one on a long journey that ended mostly in the eastern Black Sea, in the vicinity of the Azov Sea (see photo) - spawning grounds for millions of anchovies. Which raises intriguing questions to be adressed in the next phases of our investigations, from the navigational tools used by a species that never flies overland, to the trigger of their departure, to the migratory capacity of the juveniles - some of them also reaching the Black Sea after traveling at least 2600 km.       See story and birds trajectories

Our 42nd Intl Congress (Oct. 2019, Cascais, Portugal) focused on Mediterranean / Atlantic exchanges

Find here a collection of reports, videos and photos capturing some of the best moments

Marine mammals & co now under UN watch
Satellite monitoring of Mediterranean salinity
East. West Intl. Conference
Sochi, Russian Federation
CIESM recommendations on submarine canyons
CIESM Charter on ABS and intellectual property of marine resources
Restoring Medit. Fish stocks
Marine Peace Parks in the Medbroad lines of CIESM proposal and full Monograph
Acid a bad trip for marine species
Some like it hot – or how Mediterranean marine species face global warming

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CIESM Atlas on Exotic Seaweeds
Explore some of the 118 exotic species of the volume
CIESM Workshop Monographs  
   n°50    Contrasting perceptions of fishing & research worlds
   n°49    Bacterial Pathogens
   n°48    Marine Connectivity
   n°47    Submarine canyon dynamics
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Views of 2016 Congress
Our 41th Congress was held in Kiel at the kind invitation of the German Government
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