Wadden Sea Day 2015
Marine Mammals in the Wadden Sea
UNESCO-Weltnaturerbe Wattenmeer Besucherzentrum Wilhelmshaven, Südstrand 110b
27 August 2015
The Wadden Sea Day 2015 will highlight the role and population development of marine mammals in the ecosystem of the Wadden Sea World Heritage property and mark the 25th anniversary of the Wadden Sea Seal Agreement.
Since the very beginning of the Wadden Sea Cooperation seals have played a vital role in the conservation efforts of the three Wadden Sea countries, resulting in an international agreement, as well as a management plan. On October 16, 1990 the trilateral Seal Agreement between Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands was concluded under the auspices of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS or Bonn Convention). The seal management plan has also been in place for several years now.
Two seal species and a toothed whale have established remarkable populations in the Wadden Sea. The harbour seal (Phoca vitulina), the grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) and the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) are ecological key-stone species of the area, but also receive considerable attention among the general public. Current seal numbers in the region are the highest ever recorded and stand for a major success story of these protection activities, with an impressive recovery from major setbacks such as the two big virus diseases.
The Wadden Sea Day 2015 will mark the 25th anniversary of this Agreement, dedicated to cooperating closely in achieving and maintaining a favorable conservation status for the harbour seal population of the Wadden Sea while also examining the status of marine mammals in the Wadden Sea region.
This one-day symposium will provide an overview on the status of the marine mammals in the Wadden Sea World Heritage property. The focus of the presentations will be on general information, but also on expert knowledge on diseases and threats, socio economic interactions, new insights, while not forgetting a historical view.
Invited are policy makers, conservation managers, scientists and non-governmental organizations working in the field. A draft programme will be distributed shortly.
Please be aware that the number of participants will be limited to 100 persons.
Registration will be possible from 22 of June until 14 of August at the latest.
Ms Susanne Berndt
Nationalparkverwaltung Niedersächsisches Wattenmeer
Tel.: +49 4421 911 0