#37: Right Whale Consortium

The right whale research team just returned from the annual right whale consortium meeting at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford Massachusetts on November 5-6th. The two day meeting was a success with over 200 participants, 42 speakers and 9 poster presentations. Many thanks go to Heather Pettis from the New England Aquarium for organizing such a successful event.

The consortium included researchers from all over the world discussing their research on North Atlantic right whales and even some Southern right whales. The topics discussed included Management, Genetics, Shipping, Population Biology, Acoustics, Fishing, Physiology, and Data Management.

There were many interesting presentations at the consortium. Mason Weinrich, Whale Center New England, presented evidence for a critical habitat on Jeffrey's Ledge. Bradley White, Trent University, discussed Brenna McLeod's research on tracking mitochondrial control region heteroplasmy through multiple generations in North Atlantic right whales. And a familiar name to readers, Cynthia Browning presented her research on documented calf mortality and an estimation of potential calf loss in North Atlantic right whales. You can read these abstracts and all others presented at the consortium meeting on the right whale consortium website.

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