2014 Annual Meeting - Summary
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- Bob Hofman: Brief overview of the first 40 years of the Commission, highlighting activities as well as shortfalls
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- Doug DeMaster: Looking forward: How can the Commission ensure continued effectiveness in the next few decades, in the face of new challenges?
Agency Leadership Roundtable
Don Schregardus: Department of the Navy perspectives on the Marine Mammal Protection Act
Steven Tucker: U.S. Coast Guard Living Marine Resources
Theme 1: Understanding and managing the impacts of climate change and increased human activities
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- Sue Moore: Marine mammals and climate change with brief readout of IWC Arctic meeting
- Jim Kendall: Current outlook for oil and gas development and environmental studies in the U.S. Arctic
- Vera Metcalf: Arctic Marine Mammal Coalition efforts on Arctic shipping
Marine mammal science and conservation: an economist's perspective
Theme 2: Offshore energy development
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- Bill Brown: Offshore energy development
- Sharon Young: Questioning the quest
- Michael Macrander: Industry sponsored programs and collaborations
- Jolie Harrison: Partnerships to better understand and address the impacts of offshore energy development on marine mammals and ecosystems
Gary Isaksen: Sound and Marine Life Joint Industry Program and other projects
- Jocelyn Brown-Saracino: International ocean renewable energy environmental information sharing partnerships
Theme 3: Marine mammal strandings - Maximizing their value for understanding ocean health, wildlife health, and connections to human health
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- Stephanie Venn-Watson: Overview of the stranding network, data obtained from strandings, and plans to integrate stranding data with the Integrated Ocean Observing System
- Paul Slota: Integration of marine mammal health data into the Wildlife Health Information Sharing Partnership-event reporting system
- Paul Sandifer: Oceans and human health: Through a marine mammal lens
Theme 4: Marine mammal bycatch in U.S. and global fisheries
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Andy Read: Overview of major bycatch problems in global fisheries, including U.S. fisheries
- Nina Young: Role of the United States as a major seafood market in ensuring that U.S. imports do not become a driver for marine mammal bycatch problems
- Liz English: Progress at the multinational level in addressing marine mammal bycatch assessment and developing management measures
- Susan Jackson: Bottom-up solutions from the seafood industry - Examples of industry- and market-driven efforts to monitor and reduce bycatch, including ISSF's role in testing alternative observing systems
Theme 5: Issues associated with increasing marine mammal stocks
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Mike Runge: What is Optimum Sustainable Population (OSP)? How is it determined? What measure of carrying capacity should be used?
Don Baur: Management options for populations at OSP and consideration of other statutory provisions, including non-lethal deterrence of marine mammals, whether or not at OSP
- Gordon Waring: Status and management issues regarding gray seals in New England, including potential conflicts and research needed to resolve uncertainties
Capitol Hill: Priorities for marine mammal science and conservation
- Daryl Boness: Brief overview of the Commission's Strategic Plan, the Commission's Priorities Report for NMFS, and outcomes from the Annual Meeting discussions
- Lisa Ballance: Marine Mammal Science and Management Priorities
Capitol Hill: New developments in marine mammal research and conservation
- Jason Gedamke: Partnerships for advanced research
- Christopher Clark: Using technology to build knowledge for management and science: Acoustics and telemetry
- Michael Weise: Exploring the frontiers of knowledge of marine mammals