World Marine Mammal Conference-WMMC Barcelona

Have you heard of “La Sagrada Familia”, in Barcelona ? Of course you have.

Barcelona is not only a famous cultural city, this weekend the 9th-12th the city received 2,500 visitors from all over the world to attend the World Marine Mammal Conference.

These biennial international conferences main goal is the enhancement, collaboration, ideas exchange, and improvement of the quality of research on marine mammals within the scientific community.

Experts in interdisciplinary fields engaged in discussion with marine mammal scientist and policy makers in order to foster international partnerships and collaborations regarding the conservation of marine mammals around the world.

Representatives from more than 60 countries engaged in interdisciplinary dialogue on the world’s most pressing marine science and conservation issues.

Different interesting subjects were presented and discussed. Like the one presented by our Scientific and Technical director, Lorenzo Fiori.

Lorenzo presented his research PhD thesis-“Using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to investigate the effect of tourism activities on cetaceans: An aerial perspective on humpback whale behavioral responses to swim-with interactions in Vava’u, Kingdom of Tonga”. As a Doctorate student when attending the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand.

Oral presentation of Lorenzo Fiori PhD research subject at 2019 WMMC in Barcelona

We are very proud and interested in hearing what these young scientists and marine experts have to share with all the cetaceans lovers out there in order to insure more research and better conservation methods are applied for marine mammals around the world.

We cant wait to hear about what new projects will be sponsored in order to learn more and more about marine mammals and of course protect them.

Good job, Lorenzo.

Anaïs Builly

About Anaïs Builly

Anais Builly is Marine Biologist and Master of Biology, Ecology and Ecosystems, and of Bioproducts & Bioproduction of Marine Ecosystems, studied in France and South Africa. She is also Marine Wildlife Guide & Community Manager at TERRA AZUL. She is passionate about conservation of marine mammals, and loves being out in the ocean everyday.