Documents

FINAL DOCUMENTS

The Arion Project's final documents are now available for download:

Final Report

Layman's Report

Afterlife Conservation Plan

Final Guideline and User Manual for System Replication in Other MPA

Final Event Proceedings

 

Arion Workshop Proceedings

Public proceedings of the Arion Workshop held on July 2nd-3rd, 2014 are available for download (in Italian)

 

System for coastal dolphins conservation in the Liguria Sea (ECS2011)

Alessi J. (1) , Fiori C. (2) , Taiuti M. (3) and M. Würtz (1)
(1) Dipartimento di Biologia, Università degli Studi di Genova, (2) Menkab il Respiro del Mare, (3) Dipartimento di Fisica, Università degli Studi di Genova

The poster "Systems for the conservation of coastal dolphins in the Ligurian Sea (ARION)" was presented at the 25th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society during the first year of operation. It describes the structure and objectives of the project. Below is a brief summary.
Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus, Montagu 1821) is a species of Community interest, in fact, listed in Annex II of the Habitats Directive. The Mediterranean population is considered Vulnerable according to Red List prepared by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), in accordance with the criteria A2, c, d, e. The present study introduces a new methodology for cetacean conservation and management of Marine Protected Areas. The main objective is the creation of a virtual corridor in which resident and transient bottlenose dolphins are monitored and protected. The concrete actions for conservation will be developed in 'Protected Marine Area of Portofino (Italy) and in the International Sanctuary for Marine Mammals "Pelagos". This area was chosen as a "case study" to demonstrate the operation of the Arion system thanks to the concomitant presence of bottlenose dolphins and various human activities. This publication demonstrates the implementation of a system of prevention of impacts on bottlenose dolphins can detect and track the movements of dolphins in the area, to identify threats and prevent collisions and other risks by broadcasting, in real time, alert messages to all categories involved and the area (tourists, professional and recreational fishermen, the marine protected area managers, etc..). In the presence of dolphins, users of the area will follow a protocol of behavior, which will be developed and agreed by the parties involved in collaboration with the local Coast Guard. The latter will be responsible for monitoring the area and the compliance with the rules laid down in the protocol. This approach is able to guarantee the protection of the species and the sustainable co-existence of dolphins and human activities, and promote responsible use of the sea.



Systems for Coastal Dolphin Conservation in the Ligurian Sea (ECCB2012)
Brunoldi M. (1), Bozzini G. (1), Grosso D. (1), Taiuti M. (1), Alessi J. (2), Wurtz M. (2), Cappanera V. (3), Fanciulli G.(3), Melchiorre C. (4), Viano G. (4), Stasi N. (5)
(1) University of Genova, Physics, Genova, Italy, (2) University of Genova, Dipteris, Genova, Italy, (3) Portofino PMA, Genova, Italy, (4) Softeco Sismat, Genova, Italy, (5) Direzione Marittima di Genova, Genova, Italy

Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is one of the Mediterranean cetaceans listed in the Annex II of Habitat Directive. The main objective is the creation of a virtual corridor for monitoring and surveillance of the transient and resident bottlenose dolphins. Concrete conservation actions take place in the Portofino MPA (Italy). We show the implementation of an interference avoidance system capable to track the dolphins, to identify threats and to prevent collisions by diffusing real time warning messages to all categories involved. Two detection units are placed one kilometer off the coast of Portofino headland. Each unit is a particular type of marine buoy (elastic beacon) equipped with four hydrophones and an acquisition system which can record the typical "social communication whistles" emitted by the dolphins and the sounds emitted by boat engines. Signals are then sent on shore, via wi-fi, and elaborated to get the real time position of dolphins and boats. Upon reception of the warnings the boats present in the area will be invited to follow a protocol of conduct supervised by the Coast Guard. This approach will improve the species protection, the sustainable coexistence of dolphins and anthropic activities and will promote responsible usage of the sea.

ARION: a tool for real time bottlenose dolphin monitoring in the Portofino MPA LIFE 09/Nat/IT/190

Alessi J.(2), Bianchi C.N.(2), Bozzini G.(1), Brunoldi M.(1), Cappanera V.(3), Casale A.(1) *, Corvisiero P.(1), Fanciulli G.(3), Grosso D.(1), Magnoli N.(1), Melchiorre C.(4), Morri C.(2), Povero P.(2), Stasi N.(5), Taiuti M.(1), Viano G.(4), Wurtz M.(2)

(1) University of Genova, Physics, Genova, Italy, (2) University of Genova, Distav, Genova, Italy, (3) Portofino MPA, Genova, Italy, (4) Softeco Sismat, Genova, Italy, (5) Direzione Marittima di Genova, Italy


ARION: a tool for real time bottlenose dolphin monitoring in the Portofino MPA
LIFE 09/Nat/IT/190
Alessi J.(2)*, Bianchi C.N.(2), Bozzini G.(1), Brunoldi M.(1), Cappanera V.(3), Casale A.(1), Corvisiero P.(1), Fanciulli G.(3), Grosso D.(1), Magnoli N.(1), Melchiorre C.(4), Morri C.(2), Povero P.(2), Stasi N.(5), Taiuti M.(1), Viano G.(4), Wurtz M.(2)

(1) University of Genova, Physics, Genova, Italy, (2) University of Genova, Distav, Genova, Italy, (3) Portofino MPA, Genova, Italy, (4) Softeco Sismat, Genova, Italy, (5) Direzione Marittima di Genova, Italy

 

LIFE+ 09/Nat/It/190 ARION: Systems for Coastal Dolphin Conservation in the Ligurian Sea
Alessi J. (2), Bianchi C.N. (2), Bozzini G. (1), Brunoldi M. (1), Cappanera V. (3), Casale A. (1), Fanciulli G. (3), Grosso D. (1), Melchiorre C. (4), Stasi N. (5), Taiuti M. (1), Viano G. (4), Wurtz M. (2)
(1) University of Genoa, Physics, Genova, Italy, (2) University of Genoa, Distav, Genova, Italy, (3) Portofino MPA, Genova, Italy, (4) Softeco Sismat, Genova, Italy, (5) Direzione Marittima di Genova, Italy

 

Animal Concepts 2014 - ARION: a tool for real time bottlenose dolphin monitoring in the Portofino MPA
Alessi J.(2), Bianchi C.N.(2), Bozzini G.(1) *, Brunoldi M.(1), Cappanera V.(3), Casale A.(1) *, Corvisiero P.(1), Fanciulli G.(3), Grosso D.(1), Magnoli N.(1), Melchiorre C.(4), Morri C.(2), Povero P.(2), Stasi N.(5), Taiuti M.(1), Viano G.(4), Wurtz M.(2)

(1) University of Genova, Physics, Genova, Italy, (2) University of Genova, Distav, Genova, Italy, (3) Portofino MPA, Genova, Italy, (4) Softeco Sismat, Genova, Italy, (5) Direzione Marittima di Genova, Italy * corresponding authors This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

IMCC2014 - ARION - a LIFE+ project for coastal dolphin conservation in the Ligurian Sea
Presentation at 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC 2014) in Glasgow, UK (August 2014)

 

Wuwnet14 - ARION: a tool for real time bottlenose dolphin monitoring in the Portofino MPA
LIFE 09/Nat/IT/190
Alessi J.(2), Bianchi C.N.(2), Bozzini G.(1) *, Brunoldi M.(1), Cappanera V.(3), Casale A.(1) *, Corvisiero P.(1), Fanciulli G.(3),
Grosso D.(1), Magnoli N.(1), Melchiorre C.(4), Morri C.(2), Povero P.(2), Stasi N.(5), Taiuti M.(1), Viano G.(4), Wurtz M.(2)

 

Presentation MedPAN workshop

powerpoint presentation

 

documents/ARION, configuration, installation, calibration, first results - SIF 2013
Lecture at XCIX National Congress of SIF in Trieste, Italy, 23 - 27 September 2013

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