On the 11th of June the meeting officially started, the Panamanian Government welcomed the IWC meeting and all participants, who introduced themselves.
On the night of the 11th the reception was held in the Canal de Panama. It was a new opportunity to get to know more participants, such as many of the South American delegates.
On the morning of the 12th, each subcommittee presented and agreed on the agenda for the 64th annual meeting. And during the afternoon, I had the chance to visit the Panamenian Forest together with participants from the UK, Germany and the USA.
From the 8th to the 10th of June, I participated in the IWC SC Workshop on interactions between marine renewable projects and cetaceans worldwide. A total of 27 participants representing 14 different countries attended the workshop. Among the participants there was an offshore wind farm developer in UK waters.
The main objectives of the workshop were to identify research needs and formulate recommendations for research, monitoring, conservation and management. Although I was not able to actively contribute due to my limited knowledge on the subject, the experience allowed me to learn more about both technologies, and which are the specific threats for marine mammals.
Overall, after 3 days of workshop I was very impressed about the amount of work that needs to be done on a daily basis in order to meet the agreed objectives, and the importance of group work to do so. I was also very glad to see the strong degree of communication and understanding among scientists, which greatly improved the quality of the work done.
From the 8th of June till the 18th, our Secretary, Mel Cosentino, has participated of the 64th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission, that was held in Panama City, from the 11th of June till the 8th of July.