Please rest assured that we will continue to monitor state and federal guidelines related to COVID-19. Our top priority is to provide a safe and healthy environment for all participants at SMM2021.


Aloha to everyone considering in-person attendance to the 24th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals.

I know many of you have questions about COVID protocols for the conference, what our virtual world is going to look like, and so much more. We know that these questions and the associated uncertainty have implications on how you will participate in the conference (or not), travel planning, and more. This deep into the pandemic we are all aware of how dynamic the situation is. Guidance from government officials and disease experts are changed and updated regularly as our understanding of the disease, and the disease itself, changes.

With just under six months until the conference, the one thing we are certain of is that the world will look very different in December than it does today, and that any protocols put in place now, will be different in the future. So, we are following the example of other professional societies and refraining from posting any protocols until closer to the conference. However, I want to be clear to you all. The Conference Committee and the SMM Board will be following CDC guidelines and navigating Federal, State and city mandates to develop protocols that create a quality scientific experience while emphasizing the safety of our marine mammal community who join us in-person. Our team of conference planners is engaging in this COVID conversation every week, and when we believe there is something concrete we can provide to you to help you with your decisions, we will. When updates are ready we will email registrants and post the news on this page and on social media.

This conference is incredibly complex with unprecedented challenges and your conference committee is working hard for everyone and we thank you for your continued patience (and a dash of empathy).

Hope to see many of you in December online or in person.

Be safe, be well.

- Charles Littnan, SMM President



“We prioritize the health and safety of attendees, exhibitors, staff and business partners. Our team is committed to upholding the highest standards of cleanliness throughout our facility…”

Click HERE for the Palm Beach Convention Center COVID statement and ongoing updates.