MCR Senior Research Scientist Oliver Boisseau attended the 8th International Marine Mammals of the Holarctic Conference which took place last week in St. Petersburg, Russia. Talks, posters and videos were presented, not just from the Arctic Ocean but also more enclosed water bodies, such as the Caspian Sea, Black Sea and Lake Ladoga. During the conference, the grey whale workshop provided fascinating insights in to current efforts to conserve this iconic species in the Western Pacific with particular reference to ongoing oil & gas developments near Sakhalin Island, the summer feeding ground of this critically endangered population. In a separate session, an excellent overview of the BOSS (Bering-Okhotsk Seal Surveys) initiative was provided by Vladimir Chernook and Peter Boveng using cutting edge thermal-imaging techniques in joint US-Russian aerial surveys for ice-associated seals. Sheryl Fink of IFAW-Canada presented a first-rate summary of a recent EU trade restriction on seal products being affirmed by the WTO on grounds of animal welfare. Will this become an increasingly important consideration in future regulatory decisions? These, and many other topical discussions, helped to create a very engaging conference.
Yesterday Song of the Whale arrived in St Katherine Docks London for the Thames Festival. Sailing up river, we were fortunate to meet the magnificent flotilla of Tall Ships heading out of London, in perfect September sunshine. As part of the Classic and working boat rally, you can come visit us this weekend (13th andContinue Reading
In 2014 we celebrate 25 years of the Song of the Whale research programme, so to mark this momentous year, we have collated all of the observations of marine mammals we have made in the last two decades in order to identify those areas and species with specific conservation needs. At first glance, this mapContinue Reading
On 20 April MCR’s archival acoustic recorder was deployed 100 km north of Cape Verde Islands on a German (GEOMAR) oceanographic mooring. The deployment was made from the RV Meteor during GEOMAR’s climate change research in the tropical Atlantic. The recorder will log acoustic data for up to 12 months at this site, generatingContinue Reading
Conor joined the German RV Meteor in Mindelo, Cape Verde, this week to deploy an acoustic recorder in partnership with GEOMAR (Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel) and INDP (Instituto Nacional de Desenvolvimento das Pescas), with support from International Fund for Animal Welfare. The purpose of the 18 month long deployment is to investigate theContinue Reading