The 1st International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas was held March 30 – April 3, 2009 in Maui, Hawai‘i.
The conference brought together over 200 MPA managers, scientists, and educators from 40 countries to engage in sessions that provided a forum for sharing information on approaches to marine mammal management and conservation. The conference theme of “Networks: Making Connections” explored strategies to build networks of people, institutions, and protected areas to advance the conservation of marine mammals and their habitats. Key initiatives from government and NGOs, including a number of successful networks and sister sanctuaries, as well as published reports and papers emerged from the conference as MPA managers met with scientists and educators to share novel approaches, successes and failures with regard to marine mammal habitat protection.
View documents from the 1st conference including the conference proceedings.
View keynote presentations from the 1st conference.
Learn more about 1st conference activities by reading conference updates.
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(1st Conference Image: Spinners Approach Aunu’u © Ed Lyman)