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Monday, January 25, 2016

INTERNS: 2016 Marine Wildlife Summer Internship with NECWA

Tourists and locals enjoy whale watching off t...
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Marine Wildlife Internship Program - Summer 2016 Season
Sponsored by the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA)

The New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA) is seeking qualified upper level high school, college, and graduate students for our Marine Wildlife Internship Program. NECWA interns work alongside staff members to conduct a variety of educational programs, research projects, and conservation activities. Our internship program provides a comprehensive experience in the field of marine biology that is meaningful and essential for those interested in the field of marine science. 
Summer Internships can begin at any time in the spring or early summer, and typically require a 3 to 4-month commitment. Interns work a 30 to 40-hour workweek. Internship positions are non-paid and can be coordinated privately or through a school or university program. Interns must provide their own transportation to and from work areas, and housing is not provided. 
Internship activities include:

RESEARCH: Beluga Acoustics Research Opportunity at Oceanografic Aquarium, Valencia

A beluga in the shallow waters of the Vancouve...
A beluga in the shallow waters of the Vancouver Aquarium (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The research team at Oceanografic Aquarium is looking for a motivated student that would like to conduct a minimum of one acoustic research project on the beluga whales at this facility.  Priority research areas have been identified and will be discussed with the candidates.  Eligible individuals would have to be self-funded, and have some experience in bioacoustics. Interest in developing this research project as a master or doctoral thesis chapter is preferred, but honours theses will be considered.  A calibrated, broadband recording system can be provided.

Please contact Dr.Valeria Vergara at for more information

Valeria Vergara
Research Scientist
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre

Marine Mammal Research Program
w. 604-659-3452
c.  604-220-7593

The Vancouver Aquarium is a non-profit society dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

ISSUES: Scientists - "Japan's whaling is unscientific"

A chart of whaling by Japan from 1985-2006. Br...
A chart of whaling by Japan from 1985-2006. Brydes, Fin, Minke, Sei and sperm whale catches in the Antarctic, North-West Pacific and costal Japan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Japan's whaling is unscientific

Japanese whalers are back in the Southern Ocean, aiming to kill 333 minke whales â€"ostensibly for the purposes of scientific research €" under special permits issued by their government. In our view, the science behind Japan'€™s whaling activity has not passed a reasonable standard of peer review.
We are members of the International Whaling Commission'€™s Scientific Committee (IWC-SC), plus one independent expert witness (M. Mangel) whose evidence contributed to the March 2014 negative ruling on Japan’s JARPA II whaling permit by the International Court of Justice (ICJ; see A. S. Brierley Nature 520, 157; 2015). In 2015, Japan submitted a new whaling proposal (NEWREP-A). The IWC-SC coordinated two rounds of review, including one by an independent expert panel that concluded that lethal sampling had not been justified. Numerous IWC-SC members recommended exploration of widely used non-lethal alternatives (see, for example, A. M. Polanowski et al. Mol. Ecol. Resour. 14, 976â€"987; 2014) before killing is resumed.

Japan claims to have €œsincerely taken into account the IWC-SCâ€s opinion, but, as on previous occasions, has failed to alter its plans in any meaningful way and is proceeding to kill whales under a self-determined quota. In October 2015, Japan also rejected the jurisdiction of the ICJ on this issue.
We believe that further discussion of special-permit whaling at IWC-SC under the present procedure â€" in which the opinion of proposers is afforded equal weight to that of referees is a waste of time. The IWC urgently needs to develop a process of scientific review that results in clear decisions that can be respected by all.

Andrew S. Brierley* University of St Andrews, UK.
Phillip J. Clapham* Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, USA.

*On behalf of 31 other signatories (listed below).

The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors. They do not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of the governmental, academic or private institutions with which the authors are affiliated.
  • Andrew S. Brierley University of St Andrews, UK.
  • Phillip J. Clapham Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, USA.
  • C. Scott Baker Oregon State University, Newport, USA.
  • Sarah Baulch EIA International, London, UK.
  • Maria Begoña Santos Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Centro Oceanográfico de Vigo, Vigo, Spain.
  • Per Berggren Newcastle University, UK.
  • Robert L. Brownell Jr NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Granite Canyon, California, USA.
  • Cristina Castro A. Pacific Whale Foundation, Puerto López, Manabí, Ecuador.
  • Jean-Benoit Charrassin Sorbonne Universités (UPMC, Univ. Paris 06)-CNRS-IRD-MNHN, LOCEAN-IPSL, Paris, France.
  • Luis Chasqui Velasco Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras INVEMAR, Santa Marta, Colombia.
  • Justin Cooke Centre for Ecosystem Management Studies, Emmendingen, Germany.
  • Rohan Currey Ministry for Primary Industries, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Pierre Gallego Esch sur Alzette, Luxembourg.
  • Bárbara Galletti Vernazzani Centro de Conservación Cetacea,Vitacura, Santiago, Chile.
  • Helena Herr Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Buesum, Germany.
  • Yulia V. Ivashchenko Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, Washington, USA.
  • Giancarlo Lauriano ISPRA â€" Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale, Rome, Italy.
  • Russell Leaper University of Aberdeen, UK.
  • Marc Mangel (ICJ Independent Expert Witness) University of California, Santa Cruz, California, USA.
  • Milton Cesar C. Marcondes Humpback Whale Institute, Caravelas, Bahia, Brazil.
  • Fabia de Oliveira Luna National Aquatic Mammal Center/ICMBio, Itamaracá, Pernambuco, Brazil.
  • Simone Panigada Tethys Research Institute, Milan, Italy.
  • Stuart A. Reeves Cefas, Lowestoft, UK.
  • Vincent Ridoux Observatoire PELAGIS, UMS 3462 CNRS-Université de la Rochelle, La Rochelle, France.
  • Fabian Ritter M.E.E.R. e.V., Berlin, Germany. 
  • Javier Rodríguez-Fonseca Fundación Promar, San José, Costa Rica.
  • Beatriz A. Roel Halesworth, UK.
  • Howard Rosenbaum Wildlife Conservation Society-Global Conservation, Bronx, New York, USA.
  • Meike Scheidat IMARES Wageningen UR, Ijmuiden, the Netherlands.
  • Mark Simmonds University of Bristol, UK.
  • Michael Stachowitsch University of Vienna, Austria.
  • Paul Wade Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, Washington, USA.

INTERNS: Directed behavioral study internship- Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Directed behavioral study internship

An animated sequence of pictures of a small hu...
An animated sequence of pictures of a small humpback whale diving beneath the surface. Creator: Hersfold (talk/work) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Whale and Dolphin Conservation, North America (NA), is located in Plymouth, Massachusetts and offers internships and field volunteer positions providing research, policy, education, and administration experience in working for an international non-profit organization.

This behavioral study internship is a specialized intern position to assist in data gathering for a project examining the behavioral ecology and foraging strategies of humpback whales in the Gulf of Maine. Successful applicants will become proficient at literature review processes, defining and piloting field data collection techniques, and reviewing archival data, as well as gaining experience with educational outreach for the conservation of marine mammals.
We are currently accepting applications for one available position beginning in early May, 2016. The deadline to submit an application is Sunday, February 24th.
Background information
This project provides an opportunity for the candidate to be exposed to the bridge between research and conservation of protected species and gain an understanding of skills needed to succeed in the field of marine mammal conversation and research. Participants will gain an in-depth perspective of this field and a better understanding of where their interests lie. Through this internship, a number of skills are developed including analytical, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
This internship will assist in data gathering for a WDC project to investigate the transmission

INTERNS: Marine Mammal Center Winter Stranding Internship


Personnel from The Marine Mammal Center rescue...
Personnel from The Marine Mammal Center rescue an adult sea lion Photo courtesy: The Marine Mammal Center (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Rescue Department of The Marine Mammal Center is seeking applicants for internships working with stranded pinnipeds, cetaceans and sea otters.  These positions are unpaid and no housing is provided. We have up to two openings for internships starting in February 2016 which we are hoping to fill as soon as possible. Applicants must be willing to work at either the Monterey Bay Operation in Moss Landing or the Main Hospital in Sausalito.

Program Description:

The Rescue Department Internship is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are interested in increasing their experience and knowledge of marine mammal behavior and the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.  Interns will be responsible for answering the animal hotline and rotating the after-hours on-call.  Interns will coordinate rescue and triage response throughout the Center's over 600-mile rescue range.  Interns will have the opportunity to participate in marine mammal rescues, releases and other field responses as available.  In addition, interns will be required to assist in other departments and with animal care duties (feed preparations, medical charting, and pen cleaning) for on-site pinnipeds.  Other duties may include: participation in training classes, data entry and tracking, maintaining rescue equipment and assorted miscellaneous tasks.

Intern Responsibilities & Qualifications:

The internship is open to all applicants 21 years of age or older, with an avid interest in marine biology, zoology, general biology, policy or a related field.   If the intern intends to receive university credit for their internship, they are responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institution.  Interns must be able to work for a minimum of 3 months, 5 days a week, at least 40 hours per week.  Work schedule must be flexible and may include weekends and holidays.  This is an unpaid position and all interns are responsible for obtaining housing and transportation.  Applicants should demonstrate excellent communication skills and have practical computer knowledge with programs such as Word, Access, and Excel.  This internship position involves a fair amount of physical activity, such as: lifting, restraining and moving animals.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a résumé that includes the names of three references, and a cover letter detailing interests, experience, housing accommodations, start date and availability.  Please forward all application materials electronically to

There is some flexibility on the start date of the position, however please indicate your desired start date in the cover letter.

Internship Period
Application Deadline
Notification of acceptance by
Approximate Internship Time
January 22nd, 2016
January 25th-28th, 2016
January 29th, 2016
February – May 2016

The Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit hospital dedicated to the rescue and release of sick, injured or orphaned marine mammals, and to research about their health and diseases.  Volunteers and staff have responded to more than 18,500 sea lions, seals, dolphins, porpoises, and other marine life.  The Center uniquely combines its rehabilitation program with scientific discovery and education programs to advance the understanding of marine mammal health, ocean health and conservation.   For more information, please visit our website at

WORLD WHALE BUZZ is out! Edition of 22 January 2016

Marine mammal news from around the world.
Published by
Art MacKay
22 January 2016
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This banned toxic chemical is still putting whales at risk 30 years later
thumbnail www­.washingtonpost­.com - European Orcas have some of the highest PCB levels ever seen in their species. (Andy Foote) Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been banned by a worldwide agreement since 1986, and were banned in...
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