Southeast Asian Marine Mammal Symposium (SEAMAM III)

The Third Southeast Asian Marine Mammal Symposium (SEAMAM III) will be taking place in Langkawi Island, Malaysia, from 4 – 10 March 2013. The event will be co-hosted by the MareCet Research Organization along with the Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences, University Malaya. SEAMAM III will be a forum for consideration of issues related to the conservation and biology of coastal/inshore, estuarine and riverine marine mammals in Southeast Asia. It will bring together marine mammal researchers who are working in Southeast Asian countries and in the wider Indo-Pacific region to report on their results and plans, exchange information on research methods, and assist colleagues who are new to the field. The symposium’s goal is to ensure that the research being conducted is grounded in robust methods and designs and that the results lead to improved conservation of marine mammals in the region.

The conference will consist of a symposium for presentation of status reports on marine mammals in each country/region, followed by a series of workshops and discussion/training sessions. The workshops will be interdisciplinary, and include topics such as creation of marine protected areas, educational activities in local communities, economics and conservation in small-scale fisheries and marine mammal bycatch. Workshop leaders will be local scientists and other individuals with extensive experience working in Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific.

SEAMAM III, like its predecessor conferences in the Philippines in 1995 and 2002, will be an important platform for capacity building and information exchange. It will also provide a benchmark to identify research and conservation needs and to address issues faced by local scientists in different countries in the region

The following reports produced from previous SEAMAMs may be found at:
SEAMAM I – 1995
SEAMAM II – 2005

New CSG Logo

The Cetacean Specialist Group now has a logo!  The logo was designed by  Barb Taylor and Gill Braulik.  It will be added to the website shortly, and in the future will be available to add to reports and publications etc.

Hawaiian insular population of false killer whales listed as Endangered

False Killer whale and Calf © Robin W. Baird/www.cascadiaresearch.org

On November 28th, 2012 the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service officially listed a distinct population segment of false killer whales around the main Hawaiian Islands as Endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. This population, termed the Hawaiian insular population, inhabits the area around the main Hawaiian Islands, and is genetically differentiated from surrounding populations. Current abundance of the population is estimated at about 150 individuals, and there is evidence the population declined from more than 500 individuals in the 1980s. The population faces a number of threats, including bycatch in fisheries, ingestion of hooked fish, reduction of prey availability, high levels of persistent organic pollutants, and potentially retaliatory shooting by fishermen due to depredation of catch. The listing was in response to a petition submitted by the Natural Resources Defense Council in November 2010. More information on this listing can be found at http://www.fpir.noaa.gov/PRD/prd_false_killer_whale.html and on research on this population at http://www.cascadiaresearch.org/hawaii/Falsekillerwhale.htm

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