New Paper Published on The Important Marine Mammal Area Network

Michele Roux | Ocean Image Bank

The Important Marine Mammal Areas Secretariat and the IUCN Joint SSC/WCPA Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force (MMPATF) are pleased to announce the publication of the following comprehensive paper on the development of Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMA) in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science. Tetley MJ, Braulik GT, Lanfredi C, Minton G, Panigada S, […]

Pelagos Agreement release workshop report on ship strikes

The Permanent Secretariat of the Pelagos Agreement has released the final report of the workshop “A Particularly Sensitive Sea Area for the North Western Mediterranean”  The Permanent Secretariat of the Pelagos Agreement has released the final report of the workshop “A Particularly Sensitive Sea Area for the North Western Mediterranean”, focusing on ship strikes, co-organised […]

Webinar: Marine Mammal Bycatch Risk Assessment in Chile

Credit: Todd Cravens

The Lenfest Ocean Program is hosting a webinar on ocean modelling forum’s marine mammal bycatch working group on March 24th 2022. Building off of the Marine Mammal Bycatch Working Group’s efforts, a team of researchers is working with managers, scientists, and local fishing communities to assess marine mammal bycatch risk along the coast of Chile. In […]

Webinar: Ocean Modeling Forum’s Marine Mammal Bycatch Working Group

The Lenfest Ocean Program is hosting a webinar on ocean modelling forum’s marine mammal bycatch working group on March 10th 2022. Join LENFEST Ocean Program for a round table discussion featuring members of the Working Group sharing their main findings and final products on how to develop and implement assessments of marine mammal bycatch. Experts will […]

Workshop: Approaches for Reducing Ocean Noise from Offshore Renewable Energy Development

The Global Alliance for Managing Ocean Noise is hosting a workshop on reducing ocean noise fro offshore renewable energy development on 1st March 2022. Workshop One: ‘Practical Approaches for Reducing Ocean Noise Associated with Offshore Renewable Energy Development’ intends to foster a productive setting for stakeholders across international governing bodies, industry leaders, non- governmental organizations, […]

Estimating Bycatch Mortality for Marine Mammals

Fisheries bycatch is the greatest current source of human-caused deaths of marine mammals worldwide, with severe impacts on the health and viability of many populations. Recent regulations enacted in the United States under the Fish and Fish Product Import Provisions of its Marine Mammal Protection Act require nations with fisheries exporting fish and fish products […]

World-First Map Exposes Growing Dangers Along Whale Superhighways

A new report from WWF and partners provides the first truly comprehensive look at whale migrations and the threats they face across all oceans, highlighting how the cumulative impacts from industrial fishing, ship strikes, pollution, habitat loss, and climate change are creating a hazardous and sometimes fatal obstacle course for the marine species.  Protecting Blue […]

Impact of offshore wind farms on marine mammals

Seals and porpoises are very sensitive to underwater sounds. To what extent are they affected by offshore wind farms? Researchers at Wageningen Marine Research are investigating this using field observations and computer models, as well as satellite transmitters. It is tempting to imagine an offshore wind farm as an ideal playground for porpoises and seals, […]

Virtual Panel on Best Practices to Estimate Marine Mammal Bycatch

In 2016, NOAA issued a new rule under the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) requiring nations with fisheries that export seafood to the U.S. to adhere to bycatch standards comparable to those of the U.S. The Ocean Modeling Forum’s Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) Bycatch Working Group has developed an array of products and […]

When elephant seals become animal oceanographers

Antarctic Ocean: On Kerguelen Island, elephant seals are being fitted with sophisticated data collection devices to gather vital ocean information only they can obtain that helps scientists predict climate change and the future of our oceans, and study the seals themselves. Around 40 elephant seals are painlessly fitted with the devices in moulting season, which […]