You won't want to miss this exciting new category at County Stamp Center, and it's on sale for the holidays! Issued by Monaco, it's the ACCOBAMS 1996-2006 Dolphins & Whale Conservation stamp. Click the post title to order this wonderful sheet of 6 stamps. Just enter coupon # MON2006 when you order to get the special price of only $12.41 and we'll even throw in free shipping! (A single stamp is also offered for only $2.07; just enter Accobams in the search feature on our website.)
ACCOBAMS is the acronym for the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic Area (click the link to visit their website). Signed on November 24, 1996, the agreement binds 20 European/Mediterranean countries in a long-term effort to conserve and study the dwindling cetacean population -- primarily dolphins and whales -- of the Mediterranean and Black seas. A strong advocate and financial supporter of the effort, the Principality of Monaco issued the ACCOBAMS stamp to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the agreement.
"Porpoises, dolphins and whales of many kinds abounded in the Black and Mediterranean seas when humans arrived and for millennia thereafter. Over the last few centuries and especially the 19th and 20th, however, the numbers and range of these aquatic mammals have dwindled as a result of human actions -- in some cases deliberate and in some cases accidental," according to the ACCOBAMS website.
ACCOBAMS works to conserve marine biodiversity in the Black and Mediterranean seas, reduce threats to cetaceans in those waters, and improve our knowledge of these animals. Appropriately, during the November meeting of the Scientific Committee of ACCOBAMS in Monaco, an unexpected guest arrived to express its support. To the delight of the participants, a young fin whale appeared in the arm of sea right in front of the auditorium!
County Stamp Center is honored to offer the first stamp issued in support of this important international effort to conserve whales and dolphins. Visit our website for more stamps featuring these beautiful creatures. Just use our unique search feature to find stamps by category, key word or Scott catalog number. Sign up for our newsletter to receive monthly e-mail bulletins alerting you to new issues like the ACCOBAMS stamp, special offers, sales and contests. Come to County Stamp Center for all your philatelic needs.