[MARMAM] SAVING THE VAQUITA: ARE WE DOING ALL WE CAN?

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Thu Aug 18 15:05:10 PDT 2011


PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP:   
SAVING THE VAQUITA: ARE WE DOING ALL WE CAN?

Date:        Sunday, 27 November 2011
Time:     900 AM – 430 PM

Workshop Leaders: Thomas A. Jefferson and Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho

Sponsor: ¡VIVA Vaquita! (a collaborative effort of Cetos Research 
Organization, the American Cetacean Society, and Save the Whales)

Attendance: Open to anyone (please register on SMM website), but limited to 
50 people

Cost:   Free (coffee and drinks provided)

Summary: One species of cetacean (the baiji, Lipotes vexillifer) has 
recently gone extinct, and there is another species teetering on the edge (the 
vaquita, Phocoena sinus).  Several other species and populations of marine 
mammals are nearly there, or will likely reach this point in our lifetimes.   
The majority of marine mammal biologists work mostly with species that are 
relatively abundant, and they do not spend much of their time doing public 
awareness/education work relating to endangered species. The question is: are we 
doing all we can as marine mammal specialists to help avoid future marine 
mammal extinctions?   The goal of this workshop will be to explore ways to 
better use our skills, knowledge, and resources as marine mammal specialists 
to help save the World’s most endangered species of marine mammal, the 
vaquita.   The workshop will have relevance to other endangered species and 
populations of marine mammals. 

Format:   There will be several background presentations in the morning, 
and the afternoon sessions will be focused around small-group discussions.   
Outputs will include a short workshop summary and assignments of task actions 
identified at the workshop.   The goal will be to develop a “Vaquita Task 
Force” to push forward various initiatives aimed at using our special 
abilities as marine mammal specialists to reverse the tragic precedent of the baiji 
– and help save the vaquita.

Sign up for the workshop on the SMM conference website:

http://www.marinemammalscience.org/index.php?option=com_content&
view=article&id=591&Itemid=336&workshop=1

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Thomas A. Jefferson, Ph.D.
Clymene Enterprises / Cetos Research Organization
5495 Camino Playa Malaga
San Diego, CA 92124
Tel.   (858) 278-4240
Email: sclymene at aol.com
Web: http://www.cetosresearch.org/about/associates.htm
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