Arthur Popper, Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland in the USA pointed to the strong support from industry and from government agencies for the conference. From the industry side the Oil and Gas Producers Organisation, Exxon Mobil, Simrad, JASCO (Canada), Greenridge Sciences and Simrad (Norway) have provided support for the meeting. On the government side, the US National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Office of Naval ResearchGlobal, and the US Marine Mammal Commission have all given their support. "We are intending that the emphasis of the conference will be on recent research results, the sharing of ideas, discussion of experimental approaches, and analysis of regulatory issues."
"The conference has excited interest world-wide and we have scientists and others attending from Europe, North America, Australia, South America, the Russian Federation, Japan, Israel, and of course Ireland itself. We are delighted that we have been able to arrange for the conference to take place in Cork, and for this we must thank the staff of Venues Ireland and the support provided by Filte Ireland and the staff of the Clarion Hotel" said Professor Popper.
The Conference will be opened on Monday morning by Councillor Michael O' Connell; Lord Mayor of Cork City, followed by a keynote address by Dr. Brandon Southall, one of the world's leading authorities on effects of noise on marine animals.
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