[MARMAM] Key research questions of global importance for cetacean conservation

Chris Parsons ecm-parsons at earthlink.net
Thu Feb 19 16:33:32 PST 2015

New paper available:

Key research questions of global importance for cetacean conservation
(2015). Endangered Species Research 27: 113-118

Pdf of article available for free via:


ABSTRACT: Limited resources and increasing environmental concerns have
prompted calls to identify the critical questions that most need to be
answered to advance conservation, thereby providing an agenda for scientific
research priorities. Cetaceans are often keystone indicator species but also
high profile, charismatic flagship taxa that capture public and media
attention as well as political interest. A dedicated workshop was held at
the conference of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (December 2013, New
Zealand) to identify where lack of data was hindering cetacean conservation
and which questions need to be addressed most urgently. This paper
summarizes 15 themes and component questions prioritized during the
workshop. We hope this list will encourage cetacean conservation-orientated
research and help agencies and policy makers to prioritize funding and
future activities. This will ultimately remove some of the current obstacles
to science-based cetacean conservation.


By:  E.C.M. Parsons, S. Baulch, T. Bechshoft, G. Bellazzi, P. Bouchet, A. M.
Cosentino, C. A. J. Godard-Codding, F. Gulland, M. Hoffmann-Kuhnt, E. Hoyt,
S. Livermore, C. D. MacLeod, E. Matrai, L. Munger, M. Ochiai, A. Peyman, A.
Recalde-Salas, R. Regnery, L. Rojas-Bracho, C. P. Salgado-Kent, E. Slooten,
J. Y. Wang, S. C. Wilson, A. J. Wright, S. Young, E. Zwamborn & W. J.



Thanks to the Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section for funding
this project and its publication


Chris Parsons, Department of Environmental Science & Policy, , George Mason


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