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Conference: Earth Optimism Summit, 21-23 April 2017

The global conservation movement has reached a turning point. We have documented the fast pace of habitat loss, the growing number of endangered and extinct species, and the increasing speed of global climate change. Yet while the seriousness of these threats cannot be denied, there are a growing number of examples of improvements in the health of species and ecosystems, along with benefits to human well-being, thanks to our conservation actions. Earth Optimism is a global initiative that celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution, from a sense of loss to one of hope, in the dialogue about conservation and sustainability.

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Submissions for JMBA Special Issue Due 12 December 2014

A reminder that submissions for the next JMBA special issue are due 12th December, 2014. Like the 2014 conference, the theme is “Marine mammals as
sentinels of a changing environment.” While we particularly encourage submissions following up on presentations made at the conference, any papers covering marine mammal science are welcome.

Please submit directly with JMBA at:

Many thanks and best regards,


Andrew Wright, Ph.D.
ECS Editor

Response to Presidential Letter Regarding Cape Verde Humpback Whales

The Society received the following response to its presidential letter regarding the risk to Cape Verde humpback whales from explosives in the Port of Sai-Rei from Conor Ryan, a scientist with Marine Conservation Research International who is investigating the seasonality of humpback whales in the archipelago.

Hi all,

This is a brief update to all those who responded to our MARMAM post.

Firstly, many thanks to you all for your support – the response to the our request for help with our campaign was outstanding and very encouraging. Official letters were sent from the CMS, IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group, the SMM to name but a few. We also published a one page open letter translated into Portuguese on ASemana which was kindly sponsored by anonymous donors.

For now, the environment ministry has recommended that the blasting is postponed until after June 15. From correspondence in which I was cc’ed, the relevant Cape Verdean authorities seem to be very aware that there is international pressure to ensure that developments such as this one do not contravene international agreements to which Cape Verde is party.

Best wishes,
Conor Ryan
Marine Conservation Research International