Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region
18th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals

18th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals
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October 15, 2009 09:25 ET

Media Advisory: International Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals in Quebec

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2009) - The 18th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals of the Society for Marine Mammalogy continues at the Quebec City Conference Centre. The 1500 participants are meeting until tomorrow.

Yesterday's sessions focussed on human interactions with marine mammals, such as bycatch in fishing gear, ship collisions, and the marine mammal observation industry. There was also considerable interest in the features of marine mammal communications.

Today, there are three important plenary presentations that touch on the need for international collaboration for research projects on species that occupy and migrate over immense distances, the project CALVIN, a successful outreach project concerned with species recovery, and also concerning a new non-invasive technique to obtain reproductive hormone samples from the 'blows' of whales.

Other sessions will address exposure to contaminants and their effects on marine mammal health, as well as the effects of noise on marine mammals. Another session will examine different approaches to promote protection and conservation of marine mammal populations.

Don't miss the special conference daily bulletins Portrait de baleines (www.portraitdebaleines.net). Several of the main topics covered at the conference are further explored.

For more information on the conference visit www.marinemammalscience.org, under Conference.

Communiques and special bulletins (also available on www.baleinesendirect.net/index.html) are added in the media section of the conference Website (www.marinemammalscience.org) during the event. To receive this information by email, submit your request to Karina.Laberge@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Karina Laberge
    Communications officer
    Karina.Laberge@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
    During the Conference (until October 16): 418-732-1420
    After the Conference: 418-775-0769