Symposium on Harbour Porpoise in the Wadden Sea
The ASCOBANS Secretariat participated in a scientific symposium entitled ‘Bright Future? Harbour Porpoises in the Wadden Sea’ which took place on 11 April at the UNESCO Wadden Sea World Heritage Visitor Centre. The aim of the symposium was to gather new information on the population status, monitoring and threats in the Wadden Sea.
Opening speeches were delivered by Rüdiger Strempel, Executive Secretary of the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat; Roger Staves, Head of Education at the UNESCO Wadden Sea World Heritage Visitor Centre; and Jenny Renell, Coordinator at the ASCOBANS Secretariat.
The symposium welcomed scientists, researchers, conservation managers, policy-makers, NGOs and other stakeholders, and was a part of the annual ‘Harbour Porpoise Days’ in Wilhelmshaven.
In 2017, the ASCOBANS Advisory Committee wrote to the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat, pointing out that Harbour Porpoises were increasingly being registered in the tidal channels and estuaries of the Wadden Sea and appeared to be an integral part of this ecosystem.