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The International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine Conference

The Marine Mammal Center was the proud host of this year’s International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM) Conference.

The Marine Mammal Center Hosts the 44th Annual IAAAM Conference

June 4, 2013

IAAAM Conference Attendees Take Part in a Necropsy Workshop


The International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM) is an organization of aquatic animal medicine professionals who meet annually to review recent discoveries in the field and develop future collaborations. The 2013 conference was held April 21 - 26 at Cavallo Point and hosted by The Marine Mammal Center, focused on the impacts of humans on aquatic animal health due to the recent rise in reports of diseases in marine organisms, raising concerns that ocean health is deteriorating. These impacts may be direct as a consequence of shipping, fishing, and energy extraction, and indirect via effects on climate, prey and pathogen distribution, and habitat alteration and pollution.

400 leaders in the field from each continent, as well as young professionals and students from 30 different countries, were brought together at this conference, thanks to our many sponsors. Over 200 talks and posters were presented at Cavallo Point Lodge, and three workshops on how to diagnose anthropogenic impacts on marine mammals (ship strikes, barotraumas, fishery interactions, oil spills) through diagnostic imaging and necropsy were held at The Marine Mammal Center.

The gathering of interdisciplinary experts enabled discussion among health experts, enhancing collaboration and training, and was a key opportunity to foster international partnerships. After the conference 10 young veterinarians from Europe, southeast Asia and Latin America stayed an additional week at the Center for hands-on training in marine mammal medicine.

The IAAAM Team at The Marine Mammal Center



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