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EG-BAMM Expert Group Report 2022

Expert Group on Birds and Marine Mammals (EG-BAMM) 2020-22 Report

Expert Group of the Life Science Group

Report Author(s): Mark Hindell (Australia) and Yan Ropert-Coudert (France)

Summary of activities from 2020-22

EG-BAMM has been in existence for more than 10 years, after being reviewed and renewed by the SCAR delegates in 2017. The group maintained several of its usual activities in 2020 and 2021, participating in several international fora, such as CCAMLR and SOOS, as well as being part of several SCAR programmes, most notably SCATS, AntEco and AnT-ERA. However, the COVID19 situation has also curtailed several activities, most notably delaying the implantation of three new working groups (cetaceans, functional responses and demography), but we anticipate these will begin in 2022.

This will be the last year that Hindell and Ropert-Coudert will be CO and Secretary. Their replacements have been nominated and, after approval from the SCAR Delegates, will commence at the OSC in 2022.

The new leadership team is:

  • Chief Officer, Associate Professor Michelle La Rue, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Deputy Chief Officer, Dr Ryan Reisinger, University of Southampton, UK
  • Secretary, Manuela Bassoi, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil