Looking to learn about Mediterranean marine life but lack time? Check out and subscribe to the Save The Med YouTube channel. Here you can access numerous short, high-quality videos with epic underwater and terrestrial footage and key information about the conservation status of an array of different marine species. For example, click here to view a Greater Amberjack patrolling the marine reserve of El Toro. An inspiring way to learn about Mediterranean marine biodiversity.
Sharks International is the most important conference on shark science at a world scale. The event which is celebrated every 4 years and was held in Valencia this year, engaged 600 delegates from 69 countries. The program included over 280 speakers and featured a rich diversity of research, presented through posters and digital presentations. Save The Med‘s co-founder Gabriel Morey was invited to present the main results of their research on the spinetail devil ray (Mobula mobular) in a talk titled ‘Unveiling the secret life of the spinetail devil ray around the Balearic Islands (NW Mediterranean): from its occurrence to its behaviour and movement patterns’, along with STM members Dan and Alice who presented STM’s projects.
Save The Med’s project to regenerate the magnificent area of Formentor, located in the northern part of Mallorca, recently organised a successful community event in the area in collaboration with the local NGO Arrels Marines. The aim was to kickstart a community led movement that actively participates in the custody of the area, highlighting the natural values of Formentor while connecting stakeholders and representatives from different sectors of the community (including fisheries, agriculture, education, recreation, conservation and more).
Save The Med have launched the 2023 edition of the Changemakers Project. During the summer the Changemakers students joined the Save The Med team for expeditions at sea, observing wildlife and conducting plastic pollution surveys. Risso’s dolphins, striped dolphins and Spinetail devil rays were some of the species they encountered! Students from the Balearic Islands can now sign up to the recently launched “Changemakers 2023” edition and send their ideas to help reduce the consumption of single-use plastics. Click here to learn more.
Following the heat wave that the Mediterranean has been experiencing since May this year, Save The Med conducted a study to evaluate the state of corals in the Formentor area, in Mallorca. Preliminary findings suggest that there are indeed corals in some areas of Formentor that have been impacted by the heat and have uncoupled from the algae that they live in symbiosis with, leaving only the coral skeleton behind.
During the summer months, Save The Med‘s scientific team are back in the blue, studying the giant devil rays (Mobula mobular) of the Balearic Sea through observation, DNA sampling and satellite tagging. To date, the team has observed more than 120 individuals and recorded very interesting social behaviours as well as dive profiles down to 600m of depth! Their current focus lies on understanding the relationship between the presence of giant devil rays in the area and the oceanographic factors that may contribute to it, ultimately helping to develop a conservation strategy for the species and help protect their habitats.
During the summer months, Save The Med’s scientific team are back in the blue, studying the giant devil rays (Mobula mobular) of the Balearic Sea through observation, DNA sampling and satellite tagging. To date, the team has observed more than 120 individuals and recorded very interesting social behaviours as well as dive profiles down to 600m of depth! Their current focus lies on understanding the relationship between the presence of giant devil rays in the area and the oceanographic factors that may contribute to it, ultimately helping to develop a conservation strategy for the species and help protect their habitats.
Save The Med’s Changemaker Project invites students aged 8-18 to develop and implement their own ideas for the prevention of single use plastic. June 21st, the NGO organised a “Changemakers event” where more than 100 Changemaker students, teachers and parents met for an inspirational evening with project presentations, talks, workshops, music and the announcement of the six teams that presented the most impactful projects and were invited to join Save The Med onboard marine science expeditions this summer! Click here to read more.
Save The Med have introduced Plastic Free Balearics (PFB), a new certification created to incentivise the reduction of single-use plastic in the hospitality industry of the Balearic Islands. The PFB Certification is a seal of environmental quality. Not only does it help businesses comply with the current Balearic Waste Law and European regulations, it goes beyond. With this certification, they offer useful tools for businesses to identify honest alternatives to single-use plastic, such as straws and packaging, while discovering reusable options to help eliminate and /or reduce waste
The Plastic Free Balearics Certification Programme, which was successfully launched by Save The Med Foundation and collaborating entities in 2021 to help companies reduce their use of single use plastics, has published a free guide that facilitates purchasing decisions with a lower environmental impact in the hospitality sector. Download the Guide To Honest Alternatives To Single-Use Plastics here. This guide intends to help businesses make more environmentally friendly decisions by knowing which products truly help the environment.