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The Impact of the Marine Mammals Management Toolkit: 2020 – 2023

The Marine Mammals Management Toolkit releases its 2020 – 2023 Impact Report, marking the conclusion of the EU-funded Ocean Governance project. Since the Marine Mammal Twinning’s inception as part of the “Transatlantic MPA Project” and subsequently the EU-funded Ocean Governance Project in 2020, efforts have been implemented to develop the technical capacities of marine mammals […]

IMarEST Marine Mammal Special Interest Group Biennial Report 2022-2023

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science, and Technology (IMarEST) Marine Mammals Special Interest Group (MMSIG) is pleased to present its combined biennial report for the years 2022 through to the end of 2023 . This document provides an overview of the diverse activities, events, and publications organised and produced by Special Interest Group (SIG) committee […]

New paper on the non-consumptive economic value of cetaceans

The conservation of wildlife is one of the most pressing issues in the current times, but wildlife conservation economic values have often been largely ignored due to an absence of market prices, as setting an economic value on biodiversity or whole ecosystems can be challenging. Nevertheless, valuing wildlife can be of great significance to improve […]

Gulf of Mexico Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species releases new assessment

The Marine Mammal team for the Gulf of Mexico Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (GoMMAPPS) just published their report on at-sea and aerial surveys that took place in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico between 2017-2018. Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) […]

Blue whales return to the Seychelles

Blue whales – the largest animals on Earth – are making their home in a part of the Indian Ocean where they were wiped out by whaling decades ago. Researchers and filmmakers in the Seychelles captured footage of the whales in 2020 and 2021. It features in the Imax film Blue Whales 3D. But a […]

Dominica Announces Sperm Whale Reserve

The world’s first marine reserve for sperm whales is set to open in the waters off the coast of Dominica, a tiny island nation in the eastern Caribbean Sea. The reserve’s establishment is aimed at safeguarding a local population of a few hundred endangered sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) that are threatened by fishing gear entanglements, […]

Whales and dolphins survey concluded successfully for Upolu and Savaii Islands

The Samoa Ocean Strategy 2020 – 2030 (SOS) underlines the vital importance of monitoring and researching marine life as integral elements of its overarching strategic priorities. In line with this commitment, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Conservation International successfully […]

The Twinning’s Final Partners Workshop 2023

From October 16 – 18, the Marine Mammal Twinning hosted its final partners workshop, in collaboration with Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Scituate (MA), United States of America. In total, over 15 MPA managers, marine mammal experts, and researchers, representing 6 countries (USA, France, Mexico, Iceland, UK and Bermuda), convened for a packed 3 […]

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