Title

Anthropogenic Impacts On the Welfare of Wild Marine Mammals

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2018

School

Psychology

Abstract

© 2018, European Association for Aquatic Mammals. Marine mammal welfare has most frequently been a topic of discussion in reference to captive ani-mals. However, humans have altered the marine environment in such dramatic and varied ways that the welfare of wild marine mammals is also important to consider as most current publications regarding anthropogenic impacts focus on popu-lation-level effects. While the preservation of the species is extremely important, so too are efforts to mitigate the pain and suffering of marine mam-mals affected by noise pollution, chemical pollu-tion, marine debris, and ever-increasing numbers of vessels. The aim of this review is to define wel-fare for wild marine mammals and to discuss a number of key anthropogenic effects that are cur-rently impacting their welfare.

Publication Title

Aquatic Mammals

Volume

44

Issue

2

First Page

150

Last Page

180

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