15 January 2019

Presentation to high school students in Pordenone (2)

Today one more presentation to a different group of 150 high school students in Pordenone, Italy.

The slide on top features Margaret Mead's famous statement "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." This was one of several take-home messages, together with Jane Goodall's "What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni)

14 January 2019

Presentation to high school students in Pordenone (1)

This morning Giovanni made a presentation to 150 high school students in Pordenone, Italy, sharing his cetacean research experience and offering advice to those willing to plan a career in marine conservation.

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni)

20 December 2018

Interazioni fra delfini e pesca in Adriatico settentrionale

We just produced a report (in Italian) in the context of a collaboration with the University of Padua, Italy. It is a review of dolphins-fisheries conflict in the northern Adriatic Sea, based in part on this year's field experience.

The report is available at the link below:

19 December 2018

Back in Venice

Today one more presentation on our research and conservation activities in the NW Adriatic. It happened at the Venice Natural History Museum, during a workshop on sea turtle and dolphin interactions with fisheries.

It's been a nice opportunity for meeting old friends and former colleagues, back from the times when our office was located in Venice and hosted by the Museum (thank you Luca Mizzan and Mauro Bon!).

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni)

14 December 2018

Workshop with fishers in Pila, Italy (2)

After the seminar in Chioggia, we presented our work at a workshop with professional fishers at the fish market of Pila, Italy, together with colleagues from the University of Padua. There was a rather lively debate on the perceived conflict between the priorities of the fisheries sector and possible conservation measures to protect dolphin habitat. Thank you Sandro Mazzariol for inviting us!

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni)

Workshop in Pila, Italy (1)

Dolphin seminar in Chioggia (2)

Today's seminar on the use and perception of whales and dolphins, with Marine Biology students in Chioggia, Italy. Thank you Carlotta Mazzoldi for inviting us!

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni)

Dolphin seminar in Chioggia, Italy

Today Giovanni will give a long seminar on the changes in the use and perception of whales and dolphins across history. At the Faculty of Marine Biology, Chioggia, Italy (University of Padua).

06 December 2018

05 December 2018


Yesterday we let our boat rest in a shelter. We shall resume our work at sea early next year. Sleep well Sea Pro!

(Photos by G. Bearzi)

04 December 2018

Dolphin workshop at the Caorle fish market

Last night we had one more workshop with fishers at the Caorle fish market, in Italy, to discuss dolphin and sea turtle conservation issues. Giovanni made a presentation on dolphin-fisheries conflict in the Adriatic. Thank you Sandro Mazzariol for inviting us.

(Photos by S. Bonizzoni)

29 November 2018

24 November 2018

18 November 2018


A gillnetter off the coast of Veneto, Italy. This boat sets nylon ("Japanese") nets.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni, Northern Adriatic Sea)

17 November 2018

12 November 2018

Darker and colder

While it is still warmish for being in mid November, days are getting colder and darker.

(Photo by G. Bearzi, Northern Adriatic Sea)

10 November 2018

New boat

Silvia testing and setting up our newly-purchased boat, a Sea Pro 196 cc.

(Photos by G. Bearzi)