In 2017 the Tramuntana Dolphins project began with the aim of knowing and studying the population of cetaceans of the Creus Canyon and adjacent waters at the time it was intended to make known, at a local level, the natural, cultural and landscape values of the area and the possibilities of integrating them into a territorial development. This first year we worked mainly to achieve the involvement of the nautical-recreational sector, through a citizen science program.
Also we began a joint project with fishermen to assess the status of the dolphin population and the degree of fishing interaction with the trawling fleet in the study area. Meetings were held with the associations of fishermen and surveys of fishermen from the ports of Llançà, Port de la Selva and Rosas; in addition to participatory workshops to transfer to fishermen the importance of their participation in the project.
This year we started our photo-identification campaign of the bottlenose dolphin.
This campaign was financed by Fundació La Caixa and LUSH Spain by its Charity Pot program.
Also, the campaign got funding from LUSH Spain by its Charity Pot funding program.
The second year of the project has focused on working with the fishing sector, involving professional fishermen directly in the conservation of bottlenose dolphins. The idea was to reach a consensus with the sector, or part of the sector, in the implementation of good practices that reduce or minimize a possible impact on cetacean populations in the area. In this way, a sustainable fishery compatible with the viability of other species of protected marine fauna, such as the bottlenose dolphin, will give the fishing sector the option of marketing products that are “friendly” to the environment, as well as an image of the sector of social involvement in the territory. For this reason, the project was structured in two phases, where the first phase was focused on the fishing sector, and the second phase will affect the commercial and tourism sector, to raise awareness and convey to the public and general public the added value of buying a fishing resource in an area where fishermen and fishermen collaborate with scientists for the conservation of the marine environment.
Also, during this year, we continued our campaign of photo-identification of the bottlenose dolphin.
This campaign was an operation co-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the Government of Catalonia. Management team: GALP Costa Brava
Also, the campaign got funding from LUSH Spain.
The Tramuntana Dolphins project follows its campaign this year by focusing on collaborative work with fishermen and fishmongers to promote sustainable fishing in the area.
The good response of collaborative work with the fishing sector allows this year to follow the campaign and include direct work actions with the fishmongers and shops in the area. Especially the objective focuses on the creation of joint participation spaces with the fishing sector, the local and regional administration and the consumer sector (fishmongers, fish producers, etc.) to find common alternatives that enhance the revaluation of the fishery product.
A local awareness campaign will be developed to publicize the importance of the consumption of these fishery products that have been fished with responsible fishing and with good practices that minimize the impact on cetaceans. There will also be spaces for joint participation where participatory workshops will be held, as well as pilot tests with fishermen who implement good practices.
Also, during this year, we will be promoting ecotourism in the area as a tool for territorial development in the Cap de Creus. We will be carrying on training sessions with tour operators in best practices.
Finally, the bottlenose dolphin study campaign in the area will continue with Photo-Identification methodologies and studying the existing fishing interaction thanks to the environmental volunteer program that will be used to train volunteers to participate in the project.
Also the Tramuntana Dolphins project is an operation co-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the Government of Catalonia. Management team: GALP Costa Brava.