Tethys Research Institute

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The Istituto Tethys is a non-profit research organisation supporting marine conservation through science and public awareness. Over almost three decades of work, Tethys has promoted research and conservation activities on marine mammals, generating one of the largest datasets on Mediterranean cetaceans, and communicated the results in hundreds of scientific publications. The main goal of Tethys is the conservation of the marine environment, achieved through the provision of scientific knowledge to conservation policy, and the participation in the international conservation process as affiliate or collaborating body with organisations such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), the Barcelona Convention, the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS), and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the International Whaling Commission (IWC). Accordingly, Tethys first conceived and proposed the creation of the Pelagos Sanctuary for the Conservation of Mediterranean Marine Mammals (in 1991).

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