The Partners

The twinning on marine mammals has a number of partners who have been involved in the project, and development of the toolkit. If you are interested in joining this growing partnership, please contact us.

University of Iceland Research Center Húsavík was established in 2007, it was then formally opened December 4th, 2008.

The Research Director is Dr Marianne Helene Rasmussen, Biologist and expert in the subject of marine mammals.

The Research Centre facilitates collaboration efforts with universities and institutions both in Iceland and abroad. The guiding principle being research and education.

The CARI’MAM project, for Caribbean Marine Mammals Preservation Network or “Caring for marine mammals”, aims to strengthen a network of marine protected areas for marine mammals in the Greater Caribbean Region (GWC).

Agoa Sanctuary, French West Indies, France

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is the Government of Bermuda’s primary agency responsible for ensuring the proper use of Bermuda’s natural resources and the protection of the environment, within the framework of sustainable development.

The DENR’s objectives are:

• To provide strategic direction and management in the formulation and implementation of legislation, policy and standards to protect Bermuda’s environment
• To monitor and provide effective guidance for the prevention and control of pollution in the natural environment
• To manage marine activities so they are carried out in a sustainable and responsible way
• To support Bermuda’s agriculture and fisheries sectors through services and partnerships that help increase industry profitability and sustainability, while safeguarding the island’s natural resources
• To research, conserve and promote awareness of Bermuda terrestrial and marine biodiversity, protected species, threatened habitats and marine cultural heritage

The Iroise Marine Nature Park, was created in 2007 off the coast of Finistère between the islands of Ushant, Molène and Sein and the coasts of Crozon headland and Douarnenez, and protection for 350,000 hectares of ocean.

The Iroise marine park is a remarkable area boasting outstanding natural resources and playing host to traditional fishing activities. The cultural heritage is extremely varied and marked by majestic offshore lighthouses. The Iroise contains surprising biodiversity consisting of dozens of species of algae, marine mammals, birds and other less well-known or simply more discreet species. The Iroise Sea is home to a colony of grey seals. Two groups of bottlenose dolphins reside all year round in the Molène Archipelago and the Chaussée de Sein. Other species are also passing through Iroise: common dolphins, harbour porpoises, dolphins of Risso …

The Iroise Marine Nature Park is not a mere technocratic framework: it relies on strong, long-term involvement of elected representatives in the Iroise, government departments, marine professionals, associations, regular and occasional users and even simple observers, all of whom contribute to its operation. The management council of the Iroise marine park is responsible for its governance, in cooperation with government departments.

All the members of the management council play a part in the decision process so as to continue to protect and develop a maritime territory that they now manage.

The Azores Marine Park, Azores, Portugal

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, USA

“Yarari” marine mammal and shark sanctuary (Caribbean), Netherlands

The Regional Activity Centre for the Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife for the Wider The SPAW-RAC is the Regional Activity Center for the Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife of the Caribbean. It is hosted by the DEAL of Guadeloupe (Guadeloupe Environment Planning and Housing Direction) and funded by the French Government. The SPAW-RAC works under the aegis of the Regional Coordination Unit for the United Nations Environment Programme in Kingston, to implement the SPAW protocol concerning the protection of marine and coastal biodiversity in the wider Caribbean region, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Caribbean Sea.

Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, Cape-Verde