The Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society is holding its monthly speaker series meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held via Zoom and is free to the public. The talk topic will be on anticipating large whale entanglement risk off Oregon through a predictive approach to spatial conflict, presented by Solene Derville.

Register for this virtual event at https://tinyurl.com/2hf5e9za to receive the Zoom link and password.

Entanglement in fishing gear is a major threat to marine mammals worldwide and has become a pressing concern for whales in the U.S. West Coast waters during the last decade. A collaborative research effort has already helped develop new fishery regulations to reduce the risk of entanglement by limiting commercial Dungeness crab gear deployment in Oregon waters. Continued work will evaluate such management strategies and contribute to the design of regulatory decisions that will maximize effectiveness at protecting whales while also minimizing burdens to fisheries.

Derville is involved with the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University and works with Dr. Leigh Torres on a project that aims at modeling and predicting large whale distribution off the Oregon coast to reduce entanglement risk.

The pandemic has prevented Derville from moving to the U.S., so she has been working remotely. She is based in New Caledonia, at the French Institute for Sustainable Development, where she is working on her Ph.D. She has worked on various megafauna species, such as sea turtles, dugongs, whales and dolphins, and has published several papers in the fields of animal behavior, satellite telemetry, habitat modeling and conservation.

The American Cetacean Society protects whales, dolphins, porpoises and their habitats. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in San Pedro, Calif. Information on the ACS can be found online at www.acsonline.org. People can also find them on Facebook at American Cetacean Society-Oregon Chapter.

For more information, contact Joy Primrose at marine-lover4ever@yahoo.com

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