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Cybelle Mediterranean Newsletter - November 2015

In this Newsletter:

  • eco-volunteering expeditions 2015
  • Boaters side
  • team is growing!
  • A dedicated sailboat
  • New location!
  • Get a Cybelle ... Upcoming
  • Econav network
  • It moves in Participative Science!

eco-volunteering expeditions 2015

As every year, Cybelle Planet offers eco-volunteering missions "Cetacean and Biodiversity in the Mediterranean". This expedition allows ecovolunteers out to sea time for a week or two to gather information on the Mediterranean fauna. This data is then integrated into the base of Cybelle Méditerranée data and transmitted to researchers with whom we partner since 10 years now!

In 2015, 15 weeks shipping have been achieved from mid-June to late September, allowing 92 ecovolunteers actively participate. The observations were numerous: 35 fin, 1 minke whale, 11 sperm whales, 460 blue and white dolphins, 138 unidentified dolphins, 8 Risso's dolphins, 184 pilot whales, 2 dolphins, 2 sea turtle 12 Sea Devils and more than thirty egg fried jellyfish have been seen.

A detailed assessment will be communicated soon.

Any team Cybelle Planète thanks the eco-volunteers for their valuable contribution to this program, as well as heads of banks and eco-guides who framed them.

Boaters side

Cybelle Mediterranean, it's not that shipments of eco-volunteering ... Place the Yachtsmen who we regularly report their observations!

We are very pleased that you are more likely to enroll in the program and to contribute by sending us your observations of animals.

Each observation account and is one more brick in the edifice.

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


The team is growing!

Since September 1, Margaux Chauvin left his beloved Brittany to join the team of Cybelle Planète as Mission Officer for the Mediterranean Cybelle program. Its mission is to develop the program of the network and contribute to a better understanding of Cybelle Méditerranée program by the public, so that more data is collected for a better knowledge of Mediterranean cetaceans. Eco-Guide Cybelle Méditerranée ship for eco-volunteering missions dedicated to cetaceans and biodiversity in the Mediterranean Sea, Margaux holds a Master in Marine Biology. So welcome and good travel Margaux Cybelle in our Association!

A dedicated sailboat

The Cetacean Mission and Biodiversity in the Mediterranean finally has a sailboat that is dedicated to him: Avocet of Ryme, specially equipped for ocean navigation. The Avocet is Ryme of a single boat (Mustang 45) epoxy wood, built by the famous shipyards Mustang yachts of the Isle of Wight in England. This is a stunning boutique sailboat, good sailor, with a particular shape that allows it to go upwind easily. Fully equipped with solar panels and wind, this boat has a good energy independence that allows the crew to go quietly off in search of animals. In 2015, Avocet of Ryme sailed 15 consecutive weeks, off the coast of the Gulf of Lion, Provence, Corsica and Sardinia.

New location!

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

New recruit new boat, new premises ... And many innovations to come!

Get a Cybelle ... Upcoming

Today, entering your observations can http://www.cybellemediterranee.org/ via our website. This involves note, offshore, information on the observation of an animal species, number, time, GPS position, etc ... Then, once back ashore, enter them in an online form.

From spring 2016, you can benefit from Cybelle application for mobile devices that lets you directly report your observations at sea. With this modern tool, you will be guided in identifying the animals you observe and in the input your observations. A simplified use, to, hopefully, more data!

MAVA thank you to our partners for their support!

For those who do not use smartphones, paper sheets and the online entry will not be deleted either.

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

Econav network

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

In this context, Cybelle Planète adheres to ECONAV, a Breton association, which aims the development of eco-navigation. Econav tends to collect all sea actors involved in the reduction of environmental impacts around the issue of responsible boating. Econav offers various guides and fact sheets to learn about the different practices and different actions you can take daily to make your browsing more environmentally friendly.

If you are also keen to get more involved in the sense of your own ship, we urge you to go to visit Econav.

It moves in Participative Science!

Symposium of Marine Protected Areas, Brest, October 2015

Cybelle Planète was present at Brest early October for the third National Conference of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The workshop brought together all stakeholders MPAs and some associations working in the field of the protection of the marine environment, as Cybelle Planet. A workshop on participatory science opened the debate and permitted to discuss the issues of the implementation of such programs, which, remember, are essential to advance the science and knowledge!

Workshop GDEGeM, Marseille, December 2015

In early December will be held in Marseille on GDEGeM Workshop program, a scientific project in which you participate through the Mediterranean Cybelle program.

Bottlenose Dolphin Research and Management in the Mediterranean (GDEGeM) is a collaborative project bringing together actors involved in the study and conservation of the bottlenose dolphin in the Mediterranean. The aim is to better understand the ecology and distribution of the Grand Dauphin, and propose management and protection measures appropriate for this iconic species. The project began in 2013 and will end in 2016. Cybelle Planète participates in the program by collecting marine information on the Grand Dauphin, particularly during the eco-volunteering expeditions and also through contributions from boaters.

The workshop will last two days, during which scientists will present and discuss their work and or exhibits and booths will be available to the public. On this occasion, Cybelle Planète will be present and will have a booth with all information relating to Cybelle Mediterranean program.

More information on this project.

And your data? ...

Your data, since 10 years already are relayed to scientists from around EcoOcéan Institute invested in research programs, such GDEGeM, ImpactCet (and many others ...).

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

Cybelle Planet is part of the group that gathered CisStats participatory science statisticians programs). The next workshop will be held on November 19 Avignon, and we will participate there.

Cybelle Planète is invested since 2 years in a Search From Group (GDR), the GDR PARKS (Participatory Action Research & Citizen Science), created in 2013. This brings together a network of participatory science actors and researchers for joint work on participatory science and research. To do this, members of the GDR parks' working collectively to improve participatory techniques and dissemination of this approach, "to fully integrate citizens involved in such programs. The next meeting will be held in Montpellier on November 09. More informations .