[MARMAM] ECS Mediterranean Sea fin whale workshop

Anna Schleimer schleimer.anna at gmail.com
Mon Feb 19 09:20:59 PST 2024


Dear colleagues,

We would like to inform you that the workshop “Advancing knowledge on fin
whales in the Mediterranean Sea” will be held ahead of the upcoming ECS
Conference in Sicily in April 2024.

For a number of years, the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of
the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area (ACCOBAMS)
and the International Whaling Commission (IWC) have stressed the importance
of, and worked on developing, a Conservation Management Plan for
Mediterranean Sea fin whales. This included the holding of a drafting
workshop in December 2019 and subsequent refinements. The IWC/ACCOBAMS
guidelines for the adoption of CMPs include the need for a dedicated
stakeholder workshop, to review and finalise any CMP. Primarily due to the
effects of COVID, such a workshop has been delayed.

The objective of this new expert workshop is not to revise the draft CMP
but rather to review the most recent (post-2019) research on Mediterranean
fin whales to ensure that if necessary, the IWC and ACCOBAMS can update the
scientific background to the draft CMP and any consequential amendments to
proposed actions prior to the holding of the stakeholder workshop. The
primary focus will be on population structure and movements, seasonal
distribution and abundance, and important knowledge gaps. This may include
reference to potential and identified threats.

>From this workshop, we are hoping to produce an agreed report on the latest
available scientific knowledge about fin whales in the Mediterranean Sea
(including knowledge gaps) with the focus on informing conservation and
management and the adoption of a Conservation Management Plan.

The workshop will take place on the 9th of April (full day). It will
include short presentations (5 min max) of recent results (post-2019) and
group discussions about topics relevant to the CMP.

We are welcoming participation from researchers that can contribute
actively to the workshop. If you are interested, please send a short
description of how you can contribute, either by presenting your recent
research or engaging in the discussions to anna.schleimer at odyssea.lu. As
the workshop has a limited capacity, we encourage you to contact us as soon
as possible.

The workshop participation has an associated cost of 30€ that is not
included in the conference registration. Contact us for more information
about registration.

Best wishes,

For the workshop organisers,

Pauline Gauffier, Simone Panigada, Anna Schleimer, Greg Donovan


Contact: anna.schleimer at odyssea.lu
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