Marine Conservation in Italy
You’ll get a chance to learn about Italy’s history starting on Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that buried and destroyed Pompeii in 79 A.D. Learning about the history of these places helps us to understand its culture and traditions, so it’s fair to say that a trip to Italy wouldn’t be right without a pizza making demonstration. The main focus of the programme is to learn about the marine environment and why it’s important to protect it. You’ll have the opportunity to see turtles, whales and dolphins and gain first-hand experience of the incredible research that is completed to demonstrate the biodiversity of the area and why it’s so vital to protect it for a sustainable future. In terms of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, this project focuses on Life Below Water and Life On Land.
Below is a breakdown of the conservation activities that you'll be involved in but these can be subject to change due to weather and various other factors:
1. Visual surveys: When species of interest are spotted everyone on board gets
instructions from the researchers and data collection begins through the distance sampling method. Recently we have started to use drones as well to have a better view of the animals encountered and to collect more skilful data.
2. Photo-Identification: Scars occur naturally on specific species of cetaceans like
Bottlenose Dolphins, Risso’s dolphins and Sperm Whales and they are unique to each animal like a fingerprint. Collecting photographs provides us with data about the individuals which can be followed for many years.
3. Bio-acoustics: The aim of this research through the use of hydrophones is to understand the intra (mainly) and inter-specific relationships of the cetaceans (communication and behaviour) and to monitor the underwater noise that can be a threat for these animals.
4. Behaviour: Focal group sampling activities are carried out in order to observe the
behaviour of the cetaceans in the area, this is a crucial element of the study which is implemented for correct management actions.
5. DNA & trophic net analysis: The collection of DNA and faeces samples of dolphins through non-invasive methods gives us the chance to understand vital information in relation to their diet, biology, life history in the Gulf of Taranto and their health conditions.
Up to 30 people
Day 1: Sorrento
Day 2: Climb Mt Vesuvius
Day 3: Explore the city of Pompeii and learn to make pizza
Day 4: Depart Sorrento and make your way to the conservation project
Day 5 - 7: Learn about marine conservation, observe turtles, dolphins and whales in their natural habitat.
Day 8: Depart
**ROME EXTENSION AVAILABLE**
Private vehicle for all transfers
Activities and entrance fees as per itinerary
Professional English speaking guide
Marine conservation project fees
Food and Accommodation
International Flights, personal insurance and visas (if applicable)
Snacks and drinks
Expenditure of a personal nature
Tips for leaders, guides and driver
Services not mentioned in included
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