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    The marine area of the Park and the Whale Sanctuary


    The marine area of the Park is a vital element of the project entailing the protection of marine mammals, better known as "Cetacean Sanctuary" or also "Whale Sanctuary", established in 1999 through an international agreement signed in Rome by Italy, France and the Principality of Monaco.

    Originally called "International Ligurian Sea Cetacean Sanctuary" (Ligurian Sea Sanctuary), what is now known as the "Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals" is an international marine protected zone aimed at the protection of marine mammals (cetaceans). It covers an area of approximately 84,000 km², comprising the waters between Toulon (French Riviera), Capo Falcone (western Sardinia), Capo Ferro (eastern Sardinia) and Fosso Chiarone (Tuscany).

    The sanctuary is located within the Ligurian basin of the Mediterranean Sea, including the northern part of the Tyrrhenian basin. In this area all the cetaceans occurring in the Mediterranean can be found at regular intervals.
    In the marine area of the La Maddalena Archipelago, many whales were sighted during the past few years, and the Park is frequently visited by dolphins.

    The sanctuary was established on 25 November 1999. Being the first (and currently the only) international / High Seas MPA in the world covering areas of the Mediterranean seas of France, Italy, and the Principality of Monaco. To underline the importance of the sanctuary it has been added to the Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance (SPAMI) list of the 1999 Barcelona Convention.