Oceanomare Delphis Onlus

A non profit organization dedicated to research and monitoring for Mediterranean cetaceans conservation.

About the Project

Oceanomare-Delphis Onlus (ODO) is a non-profit organization established to study and preserve cetaceans, and the ecosystems they inhabit, through knowledge, conservation and awareness actions.
ODO is the outcome of the fusion of two different Italian associations – Oceanomare and Delphis MDC – that had both successfully led research projects and conservation activities on cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea.
Oceanomare Delphis Onlus advances the science and practice of conserving cetaceans and marine biological diversity, implementing non-invasive studies, promoting education and conservation programs and enhancing public awareness of, and concern for, cetaceans and the marine environment.
Oceanomare Delphis Onlus research team gathers data on behavioural ecology and acoustics of cetaceans. Currently, available databases hold information on their distribution, movements in the environment, groups’ sizes and compositions, behaviours and acoustics data.

Social Impact

Our studies produced in the years a relevant amount of data that contributed to the establishment of the Marine Protected Area “Regno di Nettuno” (Neptune’s Kingdom) around the islands of Ischia, Procida and Vivara. ODO succeeded in the inclusion of part of the canyon of Cuma (the critical habitat of the endangered short beaked common dolphins) as Zone D in the boundaries of MPA.

NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organisation
Foundation Year
Contact Person
Barbara Mussi
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