The association promotes studies related to marine biology and the conduct of research expeditions
Friend of the Sea, the leading global certification standard for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment, today announced the certification of the Marine Environment Studies and Research Center (CE.SRAM) in the sustainable dolphin and whale watching category for groups of scientific research. The certification relates to the organization’s study trips and its scientific and educational expeditions.
” Certification of scientific and educational organizations is becoming a fundamental part of our overall mission,” says Paolo Bray , Director of Friend of the Sea. “It is essential that anyone involved in marine and educational research is a sustainability expert and practice it in own work. This affects the new generation of students and scientists who come to the field. “
CE.SRAM is a non-profit association founded in November 2010. Based in Calabria, they pursue goals of social utility in the field of protection and enhancement of nature in general and the marine environment in particular. The goal of the organization is to promote study, research and scientific dissemination. It operates in Italy and abroad, collaborating with other bodies, associations, groups and companies that pursue similar interests.
To achieve its goals, CE.SRAM organizes congresses and symposiums, study trips and naturalistic environmental education activities. They also offer scientific advice. The research shipments managed by CE.SRAM provide scientific and technological training and professional requalification, in particular for the growth and improvement of professional skills. This is achieved through the organization of training courses, work and study internships both at the Association and at research centers, universities, public and private institutions and companies in Italy and abroad.
CE.SRAM carries out research activities at a high scientific level, engaging in national and international collaboration for the study, improvement and monitoring of the marine and coastal ecosystem. They concentrate on the grampi ( Grampus griseus ), the striped dolphins ( Stenella coeruleoalba ) and the bottlenose dolphins ( Tursiops truncatus ). Their programs pay particular attention to protected species and those at risk of extinction.
Maria Assunta Menniti , founder and director: “Studying and seeing dolphins in nature is wonderful, but it is even more beautiful if all this is done in a sustainable and responsible way, respecting the individual balances. The whole CE.SRAM staff is proud to have partnered with Friend of the Sea! Together we can … Always! “
The Friend of the Sea Dolphin and Whale Watching Sustainable standard aims to minimize the impact on dolphins and whales, along with their respective habitats caused by boats and human activities. To do this it has created key principles of conduct based on the most recent scientific evidence, such as the maximum number of vessels allowed in the observation area, the prohibition of the use of sonar and echo sounders, the performance of training programs for operators and crew and the collection of scientific data useful for the conservation of species. The standard also prohibits swimming with cetaceans and the use of single-use plastic.