Cybelle Méditerranée Newsletter - November 2015

In this Newsletter:

  • Ecovolunteering expeditions 2015
  • Boaters side
  • team is growing!
  • A dedicated sailboat
  • New location!
  • A Cybelle App… to come
  • Econav network
  • Things are happening in Participatory Sciences!

Ecovolunteering expeditions 2015

As every year, Cybelle Planète offers eco-volunteering missions "Cetaceans and Biodiversity in the Mediterranean". This expedition allows ecovolunteers to go to sea for a week or two to collect information on Mediterranean fauna. These data are then integrated into the Cybelle Méditerranée database and sent to researchers with whom we have been working in partnership for 10 years now!

In 2015, 15 expedition weeks were carried out from mid-June to the end of September, thus allowing 92 eco-volunteers to actively participate in the project. The sightings were numerous: 35 fin whales, 1 Minke whale, 11 sperm whales, 460 blue and white dolphins, 138 unidentified dolphins, 8 Risso dolphins, 184 pilot whales, 2 bottlenose dolphins, 2 sea turtles, 12 sea devils , and more than thirty fried egg jellyfish have been seen.

A detailed report will be communicated to you shortly.

The entire Cybelle Planète team would like to thank the eco-volunteers for their invaluable contribution to this program, as well as the boat managers and eco-guides who supervised them.

Boaters side

Cybelle Méditerranée, it's not just eco-volunteering expeditions… Make way for Boaters who regularly report their observations to us!

We are very happy to see that more and more of you are signing up for the program and contributing to it by sending us your animal observations.

Each observation counts and is one more stone added to the building.

The data collected by boaters are added to the database of the Cybelle Méditerranée program and taken into account in studies carried out by scientists.

The team is growing!

Since September XNUMX, Margaux Chauvin left her beloved Brittany to join the Cybelle Planète team as Project Manager for the Cybelle Méditerranée program. Its missions are to develop the network of the program and to contribute to a better knowledge of the Cybelle Mediterranean program by the general public, so that more data is collected for a better knowledge of cetaceans of the Mediterranean. Eco-guide on the Cybelle Méditerranée ship for eco-volunteering missions dedicated to cetaceans and biodiversity in the Mediterranean Sea, Margaux holds a Masters in Marine Biology. So welcome Margaux and have a good trip to our Cybelle Association!


A dedicated sailboat

Finally, the Cetaceans and Biodiversity in the Mediterranean Mission has a dedicated sailboat: Avocet of Ryme, specially equipped for offshore navigation. The Avocet of Ryme is a unique epoxy wood (Mustang 45) boat, built by the famous Mustang Yachts shipyards in the Isle of Wight, England. She is a magnificent sailboat with character, a good sailor, with a particular silhouette that allows her to go upwind easily. Fully equipped with solar panels and wind turbines, this sailboat has good energy autonomy which allows the crew to go off in peace in search of animals. In 2015, Avocet of Ryme sailed for 15 consecutive weeks, off the coasts of the Gulf of Lion, Provence, Corsica and Sardinia.   

New location!

The association moved in early November for premises better suited to the growing team. The offices will still be located in Villeneuve les Maguelone, between Montpellier and Sète.

New recruit, new boat, new premises… And many more to come!

A Cybelle App… to come

Today, entering your observations is possible via our website This implies recording, at sea, the information relating to the observation of an animal: species, number, time, GPS point, etc. Then, once on land, to enter it in an online form.

From spring 2016, you will be able to benefit from a Cybelle application for mobile devices which will allow you to directly report your observations at sea. With this modern tool, you will be guided in the identification of the animals you observe and in the entry of your observations. Simplified use, hopefully for more data!


Thanks to our partner MAVA for their support!

For those who do not use a smartphone, paper files and online entry will not be deleted.

Currently, the whole team is actively working on this project. We will keep you informed of the progress made on the subject.

Econav network

We are committed to your side for the respect of nature and our environment, and we want to promote eco-responsible practices among users of the sea.

With this in mind, Cybelle Planète is a member of ECONAV, a Breton association which aims to develop eco-navigation. Econav aims to bring together all the stakeholders in the sea involved in reducing environmental impacts around the issue of responsible navigation. Econav offers various guides and practical sheets to inform you about the different practices and actions that you can take on a daily basis to make your way of sailing more respectful of the environment.

If you are also keen to get more involved in this regard on your own vessel, we urge you to visit the Econav website.

Things are happening in Participatory Sciences!

Marine Protected Areas Conference, Brest, October 2015

Cybelle Planète was present in Brest at the beginning of October for the third National Colloquium of Marine Protected Areas (MPA). The latter brought together all MPA stakeholders and some associations working in the field of marine environment protection, such as Cybelle Planète. A workshop on participatory science opened the debate and made it possible to discuss the challenges of setting up such programs, which, let us remember, are essential for advancing science and knowledge!

Workshop GDEGeM, Marseille, December 2015

At the beginning of December, a Workshop on the GDEGeM program, a scientific project in which you participate through the Cybelle Méditerranée program, will take place in Marseille.

Bottlenose Dolphin Study and Management in the Mediterranean (GDEGeM) is a collaborative project bringing together the actors involved in the study and conservation of the Bottlenose Dolphin in the Mediterranean. The objective is to better understand the ecology and distribution of the Bottlenose Dolphin, and to propose management and protection measures adapted to this emblematic species. The project began in 2013 and will end in 2016. Cybelle Planète participates in the program by collecting information at sea on the Grand Dauphin, in particular during eco-volunteering expeditions and also thanks to the contributions of boaters.

The Workshop will last two days, during which scientists will present and discuss their work and where exhibitions and stands will be open to the public. On this occasion, Cybelle Planète will be present and will have a stand with all the information relating to the Cybelle Méditerranée program.

More info on this project.

And your data? ...

Your data, for 10 years now, has been relayed to scientists from EcoOcéan Institut invested in various research programs, such as GDEGeM, ImpactCet, (and many others…).

Cybelle Méditerranée also works directly on its database, which you feed with the wealth of your observations. This is done in partnership with a team from the CNRS in Montpellier, but also through networking.

Cybelle Planète is part of the CisStats group which brings together participatory science programs of statisticians). The next working meeting will take place on November 19 in Avignon, and we will participate.

Cybelle Planète has been involved for 2 years in a Research Group (GDR), the GDR PARCS (Participatory Action Research & Citizen Sciences), created in 2013. The latter brings together a network of actors in participatory sciences and researchers for a common work on participatory science and research. To do this, the members of the GDR Parcs "work collectively to improve participatory techniques and to disseminate this approach", in order to fully integrate the citizens involved in such programs. The next meeting will be held in Montpellier on November 09. More informations .