The Humpback Whale World Congress aims to advance scientific inquiry and conservation efforts of the humpback whale in their feeding ground, their breeding site and in their migration path. The congress will bring together researchers, scientists and organizations working in the various fields of research and conservation, promoting the exchange of expertise and partnerships.
The various scientific topics that will be addressed during the conference :
Applied Research Methods : Visual observations, acoustic, genetics, tags and drones, data collection and storage protocols, tools and software analysis support (identification of flukes, automatic classification of sound units), drop-off window.
Regional Collaboration Programs : Humpback whales are highly mobile in their breeding areas. The workshop sessions aim to encourage and promote the exchange of cutting-edge knowledge, best practices, and achievements in the current period within and amongst the regional consortia.
Management, Conservation and Implementation of Sustainable Development Policy : Preventative measures, conservation regulation, creation processes and management of ecologically robust marine protected areas, control measures to curb the adverse impacts of human activities, the role of participatory science and approaches.
Economic and Social Involvement : Humpback whales are coastal species, generating direct and indirect economic activities. The sessions aim to explore viable means at safeguarding economic and social initiatives, with emphasis on potential benefits and limitations.