19-21 November 2003 – Istanbul

TUDAV experts participated the second meeting of the scientific committee of ACCOBAMS (Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area), which was held at Pera Palace Hotel, 19-21 November 2003. The meeting was successful in spite of the terrorist attacks, one of which targeted the Brtish Counsulate, very close to the hotel, on 20 November. Our experts actively participated the discussion on the scientific aspects of the agreement as observers. We also presented our short documentary films on the stranding survey on the eastern Black Sea coast and on the rescue operation of a bycaught sperm whale in the Mediterranean, which all the members and observers enjoyed very much after long discussion.

22-25 October 2007 – Dubrovnik

Third Meeting of Contracting Parties of the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area (ACCOBAMS) was held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, 22-25 October 2007. Dr. Ayaka Amaha Öztürk from our foundation participated the meeting as an observer. Number of important issues were discussed, such as special marine protected areas for cetaceans, noise pollution, Mediterranean common dolphins, a new conservation plan for the Black Sea cetaceans. An expert from the US talked about the scientific credibility of the dolphin assisted therapy.