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


September 29, 2009 11:56 ET

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

MONT-JOLI, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2009) - The media are invited to the 18th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, organized by the Society for Marine Mammalogy. It will be held from October 12 to 16, 2009 in Quebec City.

This international conference brings together some 1500 researchers and students from around the world. It provides an opportunity to present recent findings, and to discuss approaches to improve conservation efforts for these large mammals that are also of significant interest to the public.

The science presentations will touch on several themes including behaviour, physiology, genetics, distribution and abundance, as well as, communication and evolution. Several presentations will also look at contaminants, health concerns and the impacts of different human interactions. Scientists will also debate conservation measures and regulations that contribute to the protection of these ocean giants.

Certain themes will also touch on marine mammals in the St. Lawrence and in northern Quebec:

- The transfer of contaminants from one generation to the next and marine mammal health;

- Underwater sound levels in the St. Lawrence and potential impacts on whales;

- Impacts of climate change on the distribution and life history of marine mammals;

- The potential impacts of the decline of certain groundfish stocks on the distribution of large whales.

Five plenary presentations are also on the program. These presentations will focus on international issues such as the implications of climate change concerning food web changes and the challenges of carrying out research in huge territories such as oceans

This conference is organized jointly by the Centre for Expertise for Marine Mammalogy of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, based at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute, the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) and other Quebec marine mammal research organizations.

For more information on the conference visit, under Conference.

Daily communiques and special bulletins will be added to the conference internet site ( the event. To receive this information by email, submit your request to

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region
    Karina Laberge
    Communications officer
    During the conference (12-16 October): 418-649-5236
    Before and after the conference: 418-775-0769