One of the most effective ways to carry out the Consortium mission is to hold annual meetings at which research, new techniques, management strategies, and other facets of right whale conservation are shared and discussed. The Annual Meeting of the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium is the only annual event during which all stakeholders have the opportunity to gather and exchange ideas and information, and therefore we view this meeting as an invaluable resource to the management and conservation of this species.

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Schedule and Participants

The next annual meeting of the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium will be held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum November 2-3, 2016.

The Annual Meeting agenda each year includes the Business Meeting. During this meeting, vacant Board positions are filled, the membership hears updates from various management teams, and discussions about the role the Consortium as an entity does and can play in right whale conservation and management take place.

In addition to the Business Meeting, two days of research, management, conservation, and education presentations (both oral and poster) are planned. Attendance of NARWC members at the meeting is encouraged and there is not a requirement to present to attend.

PLEASE NOTE! Given increasing interest in presenting at the annual meeting, we will once again hold an abstract review and selection process for the 2016 Annual Meeting. This review will be carried out by the Consortium Board.

ESPP Student Awards

Thanks to the Endangered Species Print Project and sales of their limited edition right whale print by artist John Vilhauer, the NARWC is able to offer one ESPP Student Award for student presenters at the 2016 Annual Meeting. The award includes registration fees and $100 in a travel stipend. Students wishing to be considered for the award should indicate so on the abstract submission form. Finalists will be selected from submitted abstracts and their presentations judged at the Annual Meeting. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the meeting. To support the Student Award Program, please consider purchasing a right whale print HERE.


The annual meeting of the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium is closed to the media. While we respect and appreciate the importance of media on right whale issues, many of the presentations are of works in progress that are being shared in confidence among colleagues. It would be detrimental to the study, the researchers, and the whales if the results of work in progress appeared in the media prior to their publication in a scientific journal. The consortium meeting has always been a forum for free exchange of information and ideas between scientists and conservationists from academia, governments and NGOs. If there were media present, this open discussion would not be possible for some participants. We are willing to provide contact information of experts in the field to the media for direct contact outside the context of this meeting. We appreciate your understanding.

2016 Annual Meeting Agenda

The Draft Agenda for the 2016 NARWC Annual Meeting will be available in October 2016