[MARMAM] IWC SOCER 2006 - call for submissions

Naomi Rose NRose at hsus.org
Fri Feb 3 07:58:14 PST 2006


SOLICITATION LETTER TO POTENTIAL CONTRIBUTORS TO THE STATE OF THE
CETACEAN ENVIRONMENT REPORT (SOCER)
INTERNATIONAL WHALING COMMISSION SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
http://www.iwcoffice.org/commission/sci_com/socer2006.htm


This letter is a call for submissions to enable us to produce a draft
State of the Cetacean Environment Report (SOCER) for consideration by
the International Whaling Commission's Scientific Committee. It will be
the fifth SOCER produced. The ultimate objective is to provide
Commissioners (in response to IWC Resolution 2000-7) and other
interested parties with a non-technical periodic summary of events,
developments and conditions in the marine environment that are relevant
to cetaceans. Such developments might range from unusual mortalities to
new legislation protecting marine habitats.

The report is compiled on an annual basis, with pre-selected regions to
be treated each year. These regions include: Mediterranean and Black
Seas; North and South Atlantic; North and South Pacific; Arctic and
Southern Ocean; Indian Ocean; and Global.

This year will be devoted to the INDIAN OCEAN.

Every 4-6 years, the regional reports will be combined, along with
important additions pertaining to the various regions that occurred in
the intervening period, into a complete global SOCER.

We are asking for submissions of information that in your opinion merit
inclusion in this report. This should primarily include information on
events from 2004, 2005 and the months of 2006 before the submission
deadline, although earlier data may be submitted if relevant over the
long term. You may submit information in two ways:

*Send an email to one of the SOCER editors (see contact information
below) and include the relevant scientific paper(s) as an attachment; 

*Use the standardised data entry form (please go to
http://www.iwcoffice.org/commission/sci_com/socer2006.htm). Please fill
out all the relevant fields. Any additional information provided (see
item VIII: 'additional information and remarks') will assist the
editorial decision-making process regarding inclusion in the SOCER. If
an event or development does not fit the format of the form, but you
nonetheless believe it warrants inclusion, please specify this in Item
VIII. The relevant scientific papers should be submitted with the
submission form or otherwise drawn to the attention of the editors. 

With few exceptions, only information stemming from published scientific
papers and reports or other authoritative sources can be accepted.
However, any supporting documentation for an event or development - such
as news items - may also be submitted with the form.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2006 SOCER IS: April 1, 2006.

The SOCER will also contain a glossary of technical terms. The draft
version of this report will be written by the principal SOCER editors
(Michael Stachowitsch, Naomi Rose and Chris Parsons) and circulated as a
Scientific Committee document in advance of the Scientific Committee
meeting, where its content and format will be evaluated. Please note
that, due to editorial considerations (succinct format for
Commissioners), not all submissions may be incorporated (or incorporated
in full) into the SOCER.

We would greatly appreciate your input into this endeavor, which we
intend to be a useful contribution to international understanding,
particularly at the policy level, of cetaceans and their changing
environment.

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Michael Stachowitsch
Dept. of Marine Biology
University of Vienna
Althanstrasse 14, A-1090
Vienna, AUSTRIA
Email: stachom5 at univie.ac.at

Naomi Rose
Humane Society International
2100 L Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
USA
Email: nrose at hsus.org

Chris Parsons
Department of Environmental Science and Policy
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030
USA
Email: ecm-parsons at earthlink.net




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