• Conservation

  • Research

  • Public awareness

  • Education

  • Support to international conservation

A non-profit research organisation supporting marine conservation through science and public awareness with a focus on large marine vertebrates

30 years of experience

Since 1986 we are committed to preserve marine environment through the provision of scientific knowledge

OUR IMPACT

30 YEARS OF RESEARCH

20 CONSERVATION PLANS

+500 SCIENTIFIC PAPERS

THE LARGEST MEDITERRANEAN DATASET

FUNDING SOURCES

CONTRIBUTION FROM PARTICIPANTS

EUROPEAN PROGRAMMES

GOVERNMENT GRANTS

PRIVATE DONORS

OUR MISSION PRESERVING THE BIODIVERSITY OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT Tethys’ mission is the conservation of the marine environment and its biodiversity, by supporting national and international marine conservation policies and processes with robust scientific knowledge, as well as by developing, promoting and implementing public awareness and education activities.

Latest publications

Healing the wounds of marine mammals by protecting their habitat

Notarbartolo di Sciara G., Hoyt E. 2020. Healing the wounds of marine mammals by protecting their habitat. Ethics Sci Environ Polit 20:15-23.

Revision of fin whale Balaenoptera physalus subspecies using genetics

Archer. F, Brownell R., Hancock-Hanser B., Morin P., Robertson K., Sherman K., Calambokidis J., Rosel P., Mizroch S., Panigada S., Taylor B. 2019. Revision of fin whale Balaenoptera physalus (Linnaeus, 1758) subspecies using genetics. Journal of Mammology 100(5):1653-1670.

Feeding ecology of the highly threatened common bottlenose dolphin of the Gulf of Ambracia, Greece, through stable isotope analysis

Borrell A., Vighi M., Genov T., Giovos I., Gonzalvo J. 2020. Feeding ecology of the highly threatened common bottlenose dolphin of the Gulf of Ambracia, Greece, through stable isotope analysis. Mar Mam Sci 2020: 1-13.

Marine Ecomed – Erasmus+ Project

The MARINE_ECOMED project has been created through the support of the Erasmus+ EU Program with the objective to build an international strategic partnership to enhance research and education in the subject of sustainable marine management and communication strategies in this field, within the Mediterranean unique natural and socio-economic context. It is a 3 years project developed by a trans-sectoral international network of institutions such as Universities and Non-Governmental Organizations (among which it appears Tethys), which are geographically based on the European coast over an area that goes from the East (Greece) to the West (Spain) of the Mediterranean.

The main outputs of the project will be the implementation of an Intensive Study Program (ISP) for university students and the creation of new educational materials. The ISP will focus in the multidisciplinary subject of planning and management of marine and coastal areas. It will involve students from different academic institutions and with different backgrounds that will be trained through innovative integrated approaches and will collaborate in an international workshop to apply and integrate their knowledge in an interactive manner working on a real case study. The new educational materials include the Open Education Resources in Planning and management of marine and coastal areas and Ocean literacy, the MOOC on Planning and management of marine and coastal areas, the Handbook on Marine education and communication in the Mediterranean. These materials will be produced through the collaboration of the experts of the partnership and made freely available for download from the MARINE_ECOMED website.

Want to be part of our field work team?

Meet whales and dolphins not just by whale watching, but by helping researchers concerned with marine conservation; Tethys’ ongoing long term projects have been conceived as responsible tourism/citizen science projects: non-specialists are a valuable help for researchers in the field and their support is essential.

A specific web site is dedicated to Tethys’ research expeditions open to non-specialised participants

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Help us protecting our marine environment

Meet whales and dolphins not just by whale watching, but by helping researchers concerned with marine conservation; Tethys’ ongoing long term projects have been conceived as responsible tourism/citizen science projects: non-specialists are a valuable help for researchers in the field and their support is essential.

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Dolphins and whales in the Mediterranean are increasingly in danger, exposed to threats ranging from habitat degradation, scarcity of prey caused by overfishing to noise. Contribute to their conservation by supporting the Tethys Research Institute and its work.

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The 30-year data collection in the Sanctuary is at risk due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Contribute to the safeguard of cetaceans with a donation. In return … choose “your” sperm whale flukes.

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For those who declare taxes in Italy a simple way to contribute is to donate the 5×1000 from your tax return. Sign and indicate the tax code in the area of your your income tax return (730, CUD).

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Tethys contributes to OBIS SEA MAP

Tethys’ dataset of cetacean sightings has been included in OBIS SEAMAP, the Ocean Biogeographic Information System Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations; this is a spatially-referenced online database, which was developed by Duke University. His purpose is to aggregate observation data from across the globe about marine mammals, seabirds and sea-turtles.

Tethys’ dataset comprises the work carried out between 1986 and 2012 during shipboard surveys, conducted mainly in the Mediterranean Sea, and especially in the Corso-Ligurian-Provencal basin, in the Ionian Sea and in the Adriatic Sea. Extra Mediterranean Tethys’ cetaceans sightings, collected in the Atlantic Ocean(Canary Islands, Morocco coasts) and in the Caribbean Sea, has been also provided.

Our partnerships