IWC release workshop report on the socio-economic values of cetaceans

In April 2022, a Conservation Committee workshop on socio-economic values of the contribution of cetaceans to ecosystem function was hosted by the International Whaling Commission (IWC). The workshop aimed to identify methods to assess the socio-economic value of the ecosystem services provided by whales to human well-being by, for example, combating climate change and increasing […]

Warming ocean temperatures may force New Zealand’s whales to shift south

A recent study used mathematical models to predict how whales may respond to warming ocean temperatures, with results showing a shift to the cooler southern waters. The research looked at sperm and blue whales, who play a key role in ocean health, and used a combination of mathematical models (known as correlative species distribution models) to predict […]

Slowing down to reduce strikes of North Pacific Right Whales: podcast & proposed rule

The North Atlantic right whale is a critically endangered species, resulting from threats posed by human interactions with the leading causes of mortality including entanglement in fishing gear and vessel strikes. To address vessel strikes, NOAA Fisheries, also known as the National Marine Fisheries Service, an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is proposing […]