New Paper Estimates the Abundance of Marine Mammal Populations

A new paper from the Ocean Modeling Forum’s Working Group on Marine Mammal Bycatch provides a summary on the various methods available for assessing the abundance of pinnipeds, cetaceans, and sirenians. Authors discuss key issues, including: General principles in estimating abundance Methods for estimating abundance and their strengths and weaknesses in relation to practical issues […]

IWC Publish Scientific Meeting Annual Report 2021

Ron Watkins | Ocean Image Bank

The IWC Scientific Committee published the report of its annual meeting on 21st June 2021. The Committee brings together leading cetacean scientists from all over the world. It has met every year since 1955 to review relevant research and information, and provide scientific advice to the Commission. In 2020, Covid-19 forced the Committee to make […]

Status of National Legislation on Marine Mammals in the Wider Caribbean Region

Ellen Cuylaerts | Ocean Image Bank

The Wider Caribbean Region hosts a highly diversified community of marine mammals, with more than 35 species currently identified. Marine mammals are protected species in many countries and through international regulations, especially in the Greater Caribbean Region, since they are all protected under Annex II of the SPAW protocol. To obtain updated data on the […]

The Second World Ocean Assessment

The United Nations released The Second World Ocean Assessment (WOA II) that forms the major output of the second cycle of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the States of the Marine Environment. It is the newest outcome of the only integrated assessment of the World’s ocean at the global level covering environmental, economic and social aspects.

Marine Mammal Conservation: over the horizon

New research, published in Endangered Species Research, demonstrates that marine mammals are at a crucial crossroads as bycatch, climate change and pollution continue to drive decline. Despite this, however, there are stories of success with some populations showing signs of recovery as a result of management interventions.