2nd Workshop of Local Stakeholders «Public involvement in the conservation of Black Sea cetaceans” was held at 21st of November on the basis of Ukrainian Scientific Centre of Ecology of the Sea (UkrSCES) in the frame of the Project «Assessing the vulnerability of the Black Sea marine ecosystem to human pressures» (ANEMONE BSB319). There were 48 participants including scientists, ecologists, students and teachers.
The following topics were covered during the workshop:
1 Black Sea cetaceans. Causes of death – Karina Vishnyakova, Ph.D, UkrSCES, BioEcoLinks NGO.
2 Dolphin’s Biology – Pavel Gol’din, Ph.D, Associate Professor, I.I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, UkrSCES, BioEcoLinks NGO.
3 Keeping Dolphins in Captivity – Kateryna Polyanska, Ph.D., Environmental People Law NGO (EPL).
To engage the public with cetacean conservation issues and to find possible solutions Focus Group work was organized. Participants showed deep interest and concern for the conservation of cetaceans, offered interesting and extraordinary solutions to the problems.