From April 6th to April 10th 2018, the 32nd annual conference of the European Cetacean Society took place in La Spezia, Italy. The European Cetacean Society (ECS) aims to promote and advance the scientific studies and conservation efforts of marine mammals and to gather and disseminate information about them. This year’s conference focused on exploring the roles of strategic partnerships in marine conservation.

 

During the workshop on marine debris and cetacean strandings, Benjamin Guichard, Coordinator of the French MSFD monitoring program of marine mammals and marine turtles, and member of INDICIT’s Advisory Board, presented the results of INDICIT’s entanglement study, in a presentation called “Is entanglement a relevant indicator of the impact of marine litter on marine mammals?” (available here).

 

Some recommendations emerged from the workshop in order to collaboratively identify, prioritise and mitigate impacts of marine debris on marine mammals, inform policy making decisions and help address the marine debris problem in particular through data collected during strandings.

Its conclusions will be submitted to the scientific commitee of the International Whaling Commission.