Newsletter REPCET August 2013
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REPCET Risk zones: an update

Zone de risque

Once their position is sent via REPCET, whales have the bad habit of not staying nicely in place waiting for the next ship! That is why REPCET calculates and displays risk zones around the initial observation point. These dynamic areas are function of the species’ behaviour in the concerned area.

To refine these risk zones, a scientific mission takes place every summer onboard the sailing boat Tamory. Additional data is collected on the movements of fin and sperm whales in the Pelagos Sanctuary ad adjacent waters.

The 2012 study allowed redefining the shapes and opening speed of the risk zones. But the novelty lies in the fact that these risk zones are now species specific, the fin whale and the sperm whale being found in the area.

This study was carried out by the GIS3M*, co-financed by the French Party of the Pelagos Sanctuary and the Var department Council with technical support from Stars’n’Bars in Monaco.

More data was collected during the 2013 mission that took place from August 1 to August 10. More information in the next newsletter.

*Groupement d’Intérêt Scientifique pour les Mammifères Marins de Méditerranée, Group of Scientific Interest for the Mediterranean Marine Mammals.

Raising awareness among Spanish ship owners

To be efficient, a collaborative software shall be used by many contributors. In this context, a collaboration with the Spanish NGO CIRCE* was initiated. A database containing 50 shipping companies was created and several meetings were already held. This awareness raising work towards Spanish ship owners will continue in 2013 in order to preserve large cetaceans. Souffleurs d’Ecume would like to thank CIRCE and Miss Carmen Gálvez Cárdeno who conducted this work for Souffleurs d’Ecume on a voluntary basis.

*Conservación Información y Estudio sobre CEtáceos, Cadix,

Armateurs de France supports REPCET

Armateurs de France is a professional organisation of French maritime transportation and service companies gathering 47 companies operating or controlling over 1,000 ships. A new partnership convention was signed with Souffleurs d’Ecume and the Nicolas Hulot Fundation in order to improve the companies awareness on the protection of large cetaceans and on the use of the REPCET system.


Training at the French National Superior Maritime School of Marseille

Collision Marseille

For the 9th consecutive year, the Shipping and Cetaceans training course at the French National Superior Maritime School of Marseille allowed raising awareness of professionals on the issue of ship strikes. Supported by the PACA region Regional Council, the French Party of the Pelagos Sanctuary and the Nicolas Hulot Fundation, this training session is divided into two modules: the first module lasts a day and is designed for active professionals while the second module lasts two hours and is designed for student officers still in School.

This year, the first module was particularly successful since about 50 people affiliated to shipping companies (La Méridionale, SNCM, France Telecom Marine) and institutions (Maritime Prefecture, French Navy, Pelagos Sanctuary, ACCOBAMS, Port-Cros National Park, SPAW-RAC1) were welcome.

The programme was international this year: in addition to the usual topics (cetaceans of the Mediterranean Sea, Pelagos Sanctuary, ship strike impacts and solutions) the Spanish organisation CIRCE2 presented the case of ship strikes in the Strait of Gibraltar and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission presented a preferential habitat prediction model for the fin whale.

The second module was held in the beginning of June and 50 fifth-year student officers attended it.

Dates: every year, on the last Friday of March.
Conditions of participation: free training course in French and open to all shipping companies.

Information and registration

1 Centre d’Activités Régional pour les Espèces et les Espaces Spécialement Protégés de la Caraïbe.
2 Conservación Información y Estudio sobre CEtáceos, Cadix,

REPCET data: 2012 vintage

Every year the data transmitted via REPCET is analysed and mapped.

In 2012, 233 observations were made, a 61% increase compared to 2011. Five out of the eight species of resident cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea were observed. The striped dolphin and the fin whale were the most commonly observed ones. The great majority of the observations was made within the Pelagos Sanctuary and its adjacent waters, but some were sent from the South of the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and Canada. For the first time, several whale-watching operators participated by sharing their observations in real-time.

The full 2012 observation report is available here

Happy with the weather?

The CROSSMED (French MRCC for the French Mediterranean Coast) broadcasts weather bulletins sent by Météo France through its transmitters.

"In the framework of our quality approach, we provide an online satisfaction survey. This questionnaire is open to any person interested by this type of weather forecast: private sailors, leisure boater associations, professional crews, fishermen, diving clubs, rental businesses, captaincies, etc

To access it, simply click here.

The CROSSMED thanks you for your contribution."


The Bouygues Fundation supports REPCET

Favoring scientific and collaboration approaches, the REPCET system provides technology for cetacean conservation. In order to be developed and spread, the Bouygues Telecom Fundation supports this concrete and novel action of biodiversity protection.
Dorothée Corbier, Fondation Bouygues Télécom.

1% for the planet

Since 2002, the 1% for the planet project allows companies no matter their location in the world or their size to give 1% of their revenues to certified environmental organisations. Working for the conservation of cetaceans, including with the REPCET system, Souffleurs d’Ecume is now certified by this sponsorship movement recognised in 44 countries. More information here.

1 % pour la planète


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Souffleurs d’Ecume now has a facebook page!
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First time ever

Baleine à bosse

On July 23, 2013, one of the whale-watching operators engaged in the certification process made a very special observation: a 7-m humpback whale following a 15-m fin whale about 30 nautical miles off Monaco. Humpback whale observations are becoming more and more frequent in the Mediterranean Sea (several per year) but such an observation had never been made before. Again, this shows the interest of involving whale-watching operators in the research and conservation programmes within the Pelagos Sanctuary and ACCOBAMS areas.

Picture : Patrice GARZIGLIA, YS Fastboat Discovery

REPCET in Monaco

With the support from the Maritime Affairs of Monaco and the Executive Secretariats of Pelagos and ACCOBAMS, REPCET will be presented to the French, Italian and Monegasques ship owners, on September 26 during the Monaco Yacht Show. More information on

Souffleurs d'Ecume Chrisar

Redaction: Souffleurs d’Ecume
Authors: Jérôme COUVAT, Pascal MAYOL
Reviewing Committee (the statements made here only engage Souffeurs d’Ecume and in no way the reviewing committee): Maxime André, Frédéric CAPOULADE, Bertrand GADAIX, Marie JARIN, Philippe ROBERT, Maÿlis SALIVAS.
Translation (English): Jérôme COUVAT
Graphics and formating: Aurélie RAGONNET