The mission of Sirenian International is to promote the long-term conservation of manatee and dugong populations around the world through research, education, and inter-cultural collaboration.

Our Participating Members are actively involved in sirenian projects around the world. They share knowledge through educational outreach programs, effect change by providing scientific data to decision makers concerned with conservation issues, and provide opportunities for students and local communities to participate in the field and the laboratory.

Our Supporting Members provide financial support to projects and services funded by Sirenian International via donations, our Mermaid Ambassador Adoption Program, and our Giftshop.

An International Board of Directors governs our activities and our Scientific Advisory Council insures the scientific integrity of projects we fund. Our Participating Members, our Board of Directors, and our Scientific Advisory Council are volunteers, there fore 100% of donated support goes directly to our projects and services.

Links to Conferences and other Events, which may be of interest to our Participating Members

UPDATED 2 August 2009

October 2009

    2009 Society for Marine Mammalogy Biennial Meeting
    The 18th Biennial Conference will take place October 12-16, 2009, in Quebec City, QC, Canada. For more information, please visit the SMM website.
    XIII Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation
    Conservation Challenges in a Rapidly Shrinking Planet, Belize City, 26-30 October 2009. For more information, please visit the MSBC Webstie.
May 2009
    Workshop: Improving the Contribution of Marine Protected Areas to the Conservation of Sirenians
    This workshop is being held in conjunction with the Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section's International Marine Conservation Congress "Making Marine Science Matter" in Washington, DC, 19-24 May 2009. Registration for the IMMC is required and may be completed via the weblink above.

    The early registration discount deadline for the IMCC is February 15th! Travel and Visa Information is located on the IMCC Website Travel Page.

    The workshop consists of three two-hour sessions on May 21-23, and a joint wrap-up session on May 24th. It will: (1) review the strengths and weaknesses of the role of MPAs in sirenian conservation through invited regional overview ; (2) provide an overview of contemporary research to provide the natural and social science base for present sirenian conservation and MPA design through an interactive poster session; and (3) determine the features of MPAs that have proved effective in conserving sirenians through an interactive, facilitated group exercise. For more information, please contact Ellen Hines, Helene Marsh, Cyndi Taylor, or Caryn Self-Sullivan.

March 2009

    2009 International Sirenian Conservation Conference
    The Georgia Aquarium in collaboration with the Harbor Branch Marine Mammal Research and Conservation Program are pleased to announce The 2009 International Sirenian Conservation Conference 2nd Call for Abstracts and Registration. This conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia March 23-24, 2009. Highlights include:
      -Current Field and Laboratory Research
      -Management Perspectives and Veterinary Aspects of Rehabilitation and Release
      -Two student travel awards
      -Open to anyone interested in the biology, management and medicine of sirenians
    Deadline for Submission of Abstracts for Oral Presentation and/or Student Travel Awards: February 15, 2009
    Please refer to the following website for details and registration:
    International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas
    29 March 2009 - 3 April 2009: Maui, Hawaii, United States of America. This conference is co-hosted by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Marine Fisheries Service Office of International Affairs and the National Marine Sanctuaries. For more information contact: Lee-Ann Choy; tel: +1-808-864-9812; fax: +1-866-211-3427; e-mail:; Internet:

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