New CARI-MAM online training courses for marine mammals

New training courses by the Caribbean Marine Mammals Preservation Network (CARI-MAM) are now available online. These consist of a series of three technical courses and a project management course, covering the following themes: Photo-identification and Capture-Mark-Recapture (CMR) Acoustic identification of cetaceans Managing marine mammals during oil spills Project building and financing The courses are available […]

ASCOBANS workshop on MPA management for small cetaceans

The Second ASCOBANS Workshop on Management of MPAs for Small Cetaceans took place from 31 May to 2 June 2022 in Helsinki, Finland, at the invitation of the Ministry of the Environment, Finland. In early June, Francis Staub, Marine Mammal Twinning Coordinator, joined the second ASCOBANS Workshop on Management of MPAs for Small Cetaceans, in […]

Pelagos Initiative Launch Call for Projects

The Pelagos Sanctuary is a marine territory of 87,500 km2 in the waters of the Principality of Monaco, France and Italy, the three states being signatories of the Pelagos Agreement. The Sanctuary is home to a remarkable biodiversity, with many species of marine mammals such as dolphins, cachalots, and fin whales. The Prince Albert II […]

Marine Mammals at the 2nd Asia Parks Congress

This week, at the occasion of the 2nd Asia Parks Congress, Sabah, Malaysia, the Marine Mammal Twinning presented the Marine Mammals Management Toolkit across multiple sessions, highlighting the tool’s ability to support MPA managers for the effective management of marine mammals within the Asia region, and beyond. The 2nd Asia Parks Congress is a gathering […]

New factsheet spotlight: Marine Mammal Bycatch best practices

The Marine Mammal Bycatch Working Group of the Lenfest Ocean Program has released a new factsheet collating best practices for assessing and managing marine mammal bycatch. Bycatch in marine fisheries is the leading source of human-caused mortality of marine mammals globally. According to the Ocean Modelling Forum Marine Mammal Bycatch Working Group, developing quantitative assessments […]

Marine Mammals Twinning Partner’s Workshop May 2022

From the 3rd – 5th May 2022, the Marine Mammal Twinning, partners, and guests convened for the first occasion of the Marine Mammals Twinning Partner’s Workshop in 2022. The workshop was held at Downing College, Cambridge, UK and saw over 15 partners and guests attend from across the Atlantic and Mediterranean, both in-person and online, […]

Effects of climate change on marine mammals: a US review

Scientists from the Marine Mammal Commission have published a review of the effects of climate change on marine mammals in US waters. The fundamental driver of climate change in the global oceans is increasing atmospheric carbon, which results in increased air and ocean temperatures, ocean acidification, loss of sea ice, and increased fresh-water discharge from […]

New ECO Magazine Marine Mammals Special Issue

ECO Magazine is a marine science publication committed to bringing scientists and professionals the latest ground-breaking research, industry news, and jobs. The May Special Issue is reveals the challenges marine mammals face in the modern age and measures taken to protect them, written in partnership with the International Whaling Commission. The Special Issue looks at a […]

Human-induced ocean noise threatens marine life

OceanCare released a video calling for a quieter ocean for marine life. Ocean noise poses a serious threat to marine animals and is predominantly caused by the petroleum industry searching for hydrocarbon resources, navies and shipping. Seismic airguns, which you hear at the end of the video, are used to search the seabed for oil […]

NOAA and US Navy launch new web portal for SanctSound

26th April 2022 –  NOAA and the U.S. Navy are pleased to announce the launch of a new web portal for the Sanctuary Soundscape Monitoring Project, or SanctSound. The portal allows the public to listen to underwater sounds and learn more about how sound monitoring can be an important tool in the protection of national […]