The Marine Mammal Twinning at the Humpback Whale World Congress

Between March 6 – 11 2023, the Marine Mammal Twinning attended the 3rd Humpback Whale World Congress, held in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). The congress brought together all stakeholders involved in humpback whale conservation with this year’s edition being dedicated to “The Blue Economy for Sustainable Development” reflecting on the importance of humpback whales in […]

The Marine Mammal Twinning at the 5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress

On February 4th and 5th, the Twinning introduced the Marine Mammals Management Toolkit at two separate events during the 5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress in Vancouver, Canada, highlighting the toolkit as a innovative tool for marine mammal management within MPAs. The first presentation was part of the session “Effectively Managing MPAs: New Tools for Resilience and Marine Mammal […]

The Marine Mammals Management Toolkit – Community of Practice

To fully realise the potential of the Marine Mammals Management Toolkit in building capacity and empowering Marine Protected Area (MPA) managers to effectively manage marine mammals, the Community of Practice now sits as the 4th core element of the Toolkit. The Community of Practice is designed to  connect  MPA practitioners from around the world with […]

Whale strandings highlight an urgent need for practical solutions 

In recent months, along the East Coast of the United States, humpback whales have been experiencing what’s known as an Unusual Mortality Event, with an elevated number of strandings being reported since 2016. While necropsies are still being performed, initial results from the Marine Mammal Stranding Center indicated that at least 2 whales of the recent strandings […]

New study finds that dolphins “shout” to compensate for high underwater noise levels

Oceans are full of sound. Waves, earthquakes and calving icebergs all contribute to the underwater soundscape. But so do human activities, with activities such as shipping, pile driving and sonar air-guns all contributing to the amount of noise present in the ocean. According to the European Commission, underwater background noise levels have doubled every decade […]

The Marine Mammal Twinning at IMPAC5

Marine mammals are increasingly subject to anthropogenic threats such as bycatch, ship strikes and noise pollution. There is a real need for effective conservation measures, which are often applied through the designation and management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), as well as Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECSMS) and Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs). […]

5 year megafauna project announced in the Caribbean

A new exciting project “Caribbean Marine Megafauna and Anthropogenic Activities” (CAMAC) has been announced for 2023. CAMAC will focus on marine mammals, sea turtles, elasmobranchs and seabirds in the Lesser Antilles, over the time period of 5 years (2023-2028).  The ecological niches of marine megafauna strongly overlap with human activities leading to frequent interactions. Such […]

Highest number of humpback whales recorded in the Salish Sea

The Salish Sea in the Pacific Northwest (Canada) is home to one of the most diverse assemblages of marine species in the world. Historically, many species of whales, including blue, sperm, grey and humpback whales used the waters of the Salish Sea. Recently, these magnificent animals are making a comeback from the historical exploitation of […]

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