Press Releases: 2006-2010

Turtle Rescue

Turtle Release  – lovely news after being involved in saving them The release of turtles is always greeted with pleasure and satisfaction by BICREF.    After being cared for at the San Lucjan turtle rescue section under the care of Mr. Charles Sammut (fisheries dept) and Dr. Anthony Gruppetta (vet), it is always a real joy to […]

International Day for Biological Diversity in Schools

Distribution of BICREF EcoMalta Documentaries DVDs to Schools, Upper secondaries and University The Biological Conservation Research Foundation celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity 2007 by talking with youths about the meaning of Biodiversity and the 2010 target to halt its loss, through conservation research and action. BICREF will also discuss the problems of climate […]

Fin Whales in Maltese Coastal Waters

First Scientific Record of Fin Whales in Maltese Waters   The Dolphin and Whale Research Project launched by Dr Adriana Vella in 1996 as one of her academic research projects at the University of Malta, has provided, over the years, an increasing knowledge of cetacean species presence, abundance and distribution in the central and southern […]

The CIESM JellyWatch Phase II

BICREF promotes assistance to another marine research effort   Jellyfish blooms have increasingly become a problem for swimmers, tourists, fishermen, and sea-users locally and other parts of the Mediterranean. From an ecosystem perspective, the apparent increase and synchrony of jellyfish outbreaks in both western and eastern Mediterranean basins are sending warning signals of a potential […]

Assisting BICREF’s work in 2010 and beyond

19th June 2010 in The Malta Independent   In the year of biodiversity, 2010, it is important to point out that Conservation (Science & Action) depends on dedicated and accurate work for survival of many declining wild populations. BICREF’s assistance to the long-term Maltese Dolphin and Whale Conservation Research run by the Conservation Biology Researcher, […]

BICREF’s Best Sightings Records Award Winners

BICREF – Rolex Middle Sea Race Award for BEST CETACEAN SIGHTING REPORTS The Rolex Middle Sea Race (RMSR) again contributed to the collection of valuable data on dolphin and whale sightings through its 607 nautical miles’ path taken by the 68 sailing boats’ crews. Toward promoting the conservation research and awareness of these vulnerable species in […]

Cetacean Research

The Maltese Scientific Cetacean Field Research Project   2007, The Tenth Anniversary of the Maltese Cetacean Scientific Field Research Project, run by Adriana Vella (University of Malta &  BICREF) coincides with the tenth anniversary of the ACCOBAMS, which is Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area. Both Dr. Vella’s […]


AWARE foundation aids BICREF’s marine biodiversity Conserving local marine life depends on regular surveys and observations, side by side with careful identification and quantification of the species found around our coasts and in our seas. This important conservation assessment measure has been launched by the Biological Conservation Research Foundation (BICREF) in 2002 (EcoTourism Year) with […]

Call for moratorium on seabed trawling

Press Release on the Thursday, June 8, 2006 – World Oceans Day – BICREF The seahorse is locally protected and is usually thrown back in the sea with many other by-catch not landed at the fish market. The Biological Conservation Research Foundation – BICREF – is recommending that on World Oceans Day, one would reflect on […]