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Ecology & Conservation of Marine Mammals

University of La Rochelle

Marine mammals of European waters include numerous Cetacean families - porpoises, dolphins, beaked whales, beluga whale, sperm whales, balenopterid whales and right whales – as well as two Pinniped families – walrus and seals.

Similarly to most European countries, these species are protected in France. This status does no longer only imply that intentional destruction is prohibited, but above all implies that their conservation has to be incorporated into the management goals of any human activity at sea. An environmental policy has to be based on the best available scientific knowledge. It is particularly crucial to be able to assess the state of marine mammal populations, understand their relations with marine ecosystems and resources, and finally assess possible effects of all conservation strategies envisaged.

These are the goals of respectively monitoring, research and expertise activities in ecology and conservation of marine mammals at the University of La Rochelle.


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Assessing the state of marine mammal populations 
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Understanding patterns of habitat and resource utilisation by marine mammals
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Assessing the effects of possible conservation strategies
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