As described in the Strategic Action Plan for the Rehabilitation and Protection of the Black Sea: "A regional Black Sea Red Data Book (BSRDB), identifying and describing endangered species, will be prepared and published by December 1998. It is advised that the work on the Red Data Book be coordinated by the Istanbul Commission, through its Advisory Group on the Conservation of Biological Diversity."

This recommendation was based on the following conclusions:

The Black Sea Red Data Book includes: