The Society for Marine Mammalogy, founded in 1981, is a non-profit entity.


Our Mission

    The mission of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM) is to promote the global advancement of marine mammal science and contribute to its relevance and impact in education, conservation and management.

    The 2000+ members of our society hail from 25 countries and range from beginning students of marine biology to the world’s leading experts in marine mammalogy. We welcome all with an interest in marine mammal science to become a member of our organization.


    Our Objectives
    • Evaluate and promote the educational, scientific and managerial advancement of marine mammal science.
    • Gather and disseminate to members of the Society, the public and public and private institutions, scientific, technical and management information through publications and meetings.
    • Provide scientific information, as required, on matters related to the conservation and management of marine mammal resources.


    Our Membership

    Every other year, the Society hosts a Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals in a different location around the globe. Generally, every other conference is located in North America, as the majority of our membership is located in North America. Our Biennial Conference prior to the upcoming one in Halifax was located in San Francisco, California. Over 2500 scientists, policy makers and industry leaders traveled from 60+ countries to attend the 4-day conference. 

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