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August 24, 2017

Workshop: Assessing the responses of marine mammals to anthropogenic acoustic disturbance (28 Oct 2017)

28th October 2017 Anthropogenic sounds, such as from vessels, seismic surveys and pile-driving, can cause harm and disturbance to marine mammals over potentially large scales. In this workshop, we aim to draw on the experience of previous studies, identify lessons learned and recommendations for the future, and determine approaches for most effectively incorporating this knowledge […]

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August 22, 2017

Petition to ban imports of fish from Mexico

On 22 August 2017, NOAA requested public input on a petition they have received to ban imports of fish and fish products from Mexico that result in the incidental kill or serious injury of vaquita in excess of United States standards pursuant to Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The Federal Register request for comments can […]

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August 15, 2017

Invitation to Host the 2021 SMM Biennial Conference

Hello Everyone! As we prepare for the upcoming 22nd Biennial Conference in Halifax in October, and look forward to the 2nd World Marine Mammal Science Conference in Barcelona in 2019, it is time to begin to select the venue for the 2021 Biennial Conference! Given our General Operating Policies, our venues alternate between North America and […]

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August 14, 2017

Workshop: Marine mammal sensory systems: An integrated perspective (29 Oct 2017)

Marine mammal sensory systems: An integrated perspective Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. 8:00 – 17:00 Sensory systems evolve in response to environmental pressures, providing advantages for specialized or generalized habitat use, foraging, communication, locomotion, and navigation strategies. Thus, understanding marine mammal sensory systems requires knowledge of the species’ life history, properties of the aquatic signals, and […]

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August 8, 2017

Workshop: Advancing Marine Species Density Surface Modelling (22 Oct 2017)

Advancing Marine Species Density Surface Modelling Density surface models (sometimes called spatial or habitat models) attempt to describe animal distribution as a function of spatially referenced variables. Data typically come from line transect surveys, although there is the potential to use other effort-indexed surveys, such as passive acoustics. Outputs include modelled relationships between density and […]

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