New study determines parentage, age, and survival of North Atlantic right whales

A new study provides insight into North Atlantic right whale calf survival, growth rates, and life history, demonstrating the power of genetic sampling for this critically endangered species. The study, led by the New England Aquarium analysed all North Atlantic right whale calves born between 1988 and 2018 and categorised the animals based on genetic samples […]

Marine Mammals Management Toolkit at the Mediterranean MPA 2020 Forum

On November 30th, Francis introduced the Marine Mammals Management Toolkit at the Mediterranean MPA 2020 Forum in Monaco. The presentation was delivered under the theme “A showcase of initiatives for mobile species conservation” and was delivered alongside presentations focusing on the need for population-level monitoring of cetaceans and support mechanisms for filling knowledge gaps for […]

Real-Time Acoustic Monitoring of Marine Mammals in the Mediterranean

Toby Matthews | Ocean Image Bank

The passive acoustic monitoring of cetaceans is a research method that can provide unique information on the animal’s behaviour since the animals can be studied at great depths and at a long-range without interference. Nevertheless, the real-time data collection, transfer, and analysis using these techniques are difficult to implement and maintain. In this paper, “Real-Time […]

CARI’MAM Acoustic Survey Video

CARI’MAM have released a new video exampling acoustic sampling of Cetaceans in the Caribbean. The <5 minute video provides an insight into the survey methods utilised within the CARI’MAM network, the equipment for acoustic surveys and the process from collecting and analysing the data to utilising the results.  Watch below or visit CARI’MAM’s YouTube channel […]

Is humpback song for finding instead of attracting?

Toby Matthews | Ocean Image Bank

Think of common courtship displays in the animal kingdom, like the flashy display of a peacock’s tail or the treetop melody of a songbird’s tune. Each is relatively constant. The brilliant colors in a male peacock’s plumage do not change during its attempts to attract a female. And songbirds rely on repetition, like top-40 radio […]

IUCN Motion Adopted to Reduce Impacts of Incidental Capture

On September 8th 2021, at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, motion 027 – Reducing impacts of incidental capture on threatened marine species– was adopted. The motion calls for, among other things, actions to reduce the bycatch of Endangered, Threatened and Protected (ETP) marine species that is resulting in significant pressure to ETP species. The motion […]

35 Scientists in the Caribbean Issue Call to Action for Marine Mammals

The Greater Caribbean Region includes more than 35 species of marine mammals, one fifth of which are classified as threatened and several as near-threatened, on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Only a few decades ago, the monk seal, the only resident seal species in the region, disappeared. Thus, […]

11 New IMMAs named in the Black Sea

Favourite Places in the Black Sea for three threatened dolphin and porpoise species named as Important Marine Mammal Areas — IMMAs 29 October 2021 – On International Black Sea Action Day, 31 October, join us in celebrating Endangered Black Sea harbour porpoises and bottlenose dolphins as well as Vulnerable Black Sea common dolphins. The habitats […]

IUCN announce funding to protect the Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale

“Restoring Ocean Health” was one of the seven main themes at the IUCN World Conservation Congress that came to a close in Marseille last month. The current climate emergency and the future of our oceans are interlinked, as climate change directly affects the oceans’ temperature and pH levels. Changes in water temperature and ocean acidification directly […]

ASCOBANS Workshop on Management of MPAs for Small Cetaceans

On October 08, ASCOBANS released the workshop report following the success of the ‘Management of MPAs for Small Cetaceans’ workshop held 18 May and 7-9 June 2021. This ASCOBANS Workshop on the Management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) for Small Cetaceans was mandated by the 25th Meeting of the ASCOBANS Advisory Committee. At this meeting, […]