[MARMAM] EXTENDED DEADLINE: Abstract submissions for AFS symposium on Marine mammals & Fisheries interactions

Lyne Morissette lyne.morissette at globetrotter.net
Wed Mar 19 10:42:58 PDT 2014

Dear Marmam colleagues,

We are responsible of a special symposium on Marine mammals & fisheries interactions during the American Fisheries Society 144th annual meeting, August 17-21 2014 in Québec City. A brief description of the symposia is provided below. 

EXTENDED DEADLINE: you can submit your abstract through the AFS system online at www.afs2014.org/symposia, and by selecting the "marine mammals & fisheries interactions" tab. Exceptionally, the system will be opened March 20 & 21 for those of you who haven't got the time to submit before the 14th.

For any question, please contact me at lyne.morissette at globetrotter.net

Hope to see you there!


Marine mammal and fisheries interactions : management challenges in a changing world.
Interactions between marine mammals and fisheries can be either direct (or operational), through bycatch, depredation and disturbance, or indirect (or ecological) through competition, trophic interactions, or habitat degradation. In both cases, this pose serious conservation challenges, and this has become an increasingly important topic in managing marine ecosystems and the species they support, resulting in new paradigms in fisheries management.
Direct interactions between marine mammals and fisheries pose some of the most serious and immediate threats to the animals and thus represent some important conservation challenges. Giving the current status of global fisheries, the chances of having marine mammals interacting with fishing gear is increasing. There are various way marine mammals can directly interact with fisheries, such as bycatch and depredation, and a lot of research is done to mitigate the problem.
Trophic interactions between marine mammals and fisheries have been the subject for considerable research during the last decade. However, the extent to which the issue is addressed in an ecosystem, a multi-species context, is still limited. Consequently, there is still a lack of unequivocal evidence for competition between marine mammals and fisheries on a global scale. This may be due to (1) the absence of appropriately scaled information on marine mammals’ diet and ecology; (2) the lack of consideration of all trophic groups in the ecosystems where these interactions might happen or (3) the indirect effects being more important than initially thought in foodwebs.
The aim of this symposia is to present an update on our knowledge of direct and indirect interactions between marine mammals and fisheries, to bring fisheries scientists and marine mammal experts together and discuss ideas on how to adapt to these issues in a time of changing marine ecosystems.

Lyne Morissette, Ph.D.
Écologie des écosystèmes & mammifères marins
Marine mammals & ecosystem ecology
M at M-expertisemarine.com

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