Sanctuaire Agoa

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Describe the mechanisms and programmes that are in place in regard to each of the following management tools in the nominated site (fill only the fields that are relevant for your site)

Management tools Existing Mechanisms and programmes in place Comments (if any)
Public awareness, education, and information dissemination programmes yes - Awareness of stakeholders to approach techniques - Promoting respect of the Order of July 1st 2011 - Establishment of outreach and educational tools (website, code of conduct, activities, exhibitions, forums)
Capacity building of staff and management yes 1 - Regulate: - Activities of whale watching, - Seismic research and other activities using acoustics, - The use of fishing gear which may result in the capture of marine mammals, - Offshore competition, nautical events, 2 - Supervise: - Shipping, - The establishment of a network "alert : stranded and distressed animals" throughout the French Antilles
Research, data storage, and analysis yes 1 - Campaigns : biannual transect lines and acoustic samples: - Study the evolution of the estimated numbers in the sanctuary, - Identify the number of individuals during migration periods, - Inform on the population dynamics - Study the evolution of the abundance and distribution 2 - Genetic monitoring campaign (biopsy) and movement of individuals (tags). 3 - Program of photo-identification of individuals to describe their site fidelity (humpback whales, sperm whales ...). 4 - Characterization of habitat favorable for marine mammals, 5 - Acoustic monitoring (including buoys), identification of marine mammals and noise. 6 - Continuous assessment of interactions with human uses (bycatch, depredation, water activities, pollution, noise, etc. ..)
Surveillance and enforcement yes 1 - Pooling of resources of the State action at sea, of the services and operators of the state and of the network of MPAs for: - Establishment/strengthening control over the disturbance and harassment of cetaceans, - Strengthening control on the degradation of natural areas and seascapes that can have adverse effects on habitats of marine mammals
Participation of exterior users yes 1 - Definition of an intervention network for animals in distress, entangled and/or stranded, 2 – Definition/support/guidance of an intervention network for prevention of pollution, pollution control, and followed post-pollution, 3 - Support and assistance for projects aiming at conserving and restoring habitats likely to receive marine mammals, 4 - Support for tourism operators in an eco-responsible approach, 5 - Support for the production of scientific studies and scientific articles, 6 - Expertise and advice to project developers for impact assessments, 7 - Support/Training for MPA managers of the French Antilles and the Caribbean islands for the observation, identification and intervention in case of distress and strandings 8 - Support the targets of the chlordecone plan, 9 - Support/search for innovative devices intended to limit the impact of human activities on marine mammals 10 - Promotion of the sanctuary at regional level, of its work, its governance, organization...
Alternative and sustainable livelihoods yes Direct and indirect financial resources from ecotourism (whale watching)
Adaptative management yes The management plan is conducted every five years outlining and prioritizing targets assigned to the manager.