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2021 Ropeless Consortium Annual Meeting

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Abstract Booklet and Agenda

Virtual Meeting
The 2021 Ropeless Annual Meeting will be a one day virtual event.

As has been the case for in person meetings, the 2021 agenda will be organized by topic sessions. All presentations will be recorded and uploaded in advance of the meeting.

All registered participants will have a unique login to the meeting site which will for access to view all of the pre-recorded presentations. Participants will also have an opportunity to submit questions/comments in advance of the meeting. 

The live meeting will consist of Q&A sessions with presenters in each of the topic sessions. All presenters from each session will be live and on screen to take questions that were submitted in advance of the meeting, as well as those submitted live via chat module. Each Q&A session will be moderated by the Ropeless Consortium Board Chair.

Additionally, there will be breakout sessions that will provide registered attendees the opportunity to meet in small groups, live with others participants, to discuss emerging topics, research plans, host a media briefing, and/or just to socialize.

Post Meeting Resources

Agenda and Abstracts


Meeting Summary Notes


Registration for the 2021 Meeting is now closed. The registration fee ($40 USD) for the meeting will allow for participation in all sessions for the day. Registration closes at 5pm EDT on October 5th. 

The meeting is closed to members of the press. 

Abstract Submission

The Consortium Board is currently accepting abstracts for video presentations at the 2021 Annual Meeting. Participants wishing to present at the 2021 Annual Meeting must submit an abstract for review no later than August 20, 2021. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and should be formatted as shown HERE . Submission should be completed online. Those who have previously presented at the Annual meetings will be asked to briefly describe the significance of new work to be presented. Additionally, multiple participants from an organization will be asked to describe the significant differences in their work.

Please complete and submit the abstract submission form HERE. Please be sure to indicate your topic preference on the submission form.

Recorded presentations should be no longer than 10 minutes.

Please see important information for presenters HERE.

Code of Conduct

The Ropeless Consortium is dedicated to providing a positive and productive conference experience for all attendees. To that end, we expect meeting attendees to abide by our Code of Conduct.

Videotaping, audiotaping, and photography of and during the Ropeless Consortium Annual Meeting are prohibited.

Press Policy

The Ropeless Consortium meeting is closed to members of the media. While we respect and appreciate the importance of media on right whale issues, many of the presentations are of works in progress that are being shared in confidence among colleagues. It would be detrimental to the study, the researchers, and the whales if the results of work in progress appeared in the media prior to their publication in a scientific journal. The meeting represents a forum for free exchange of information and ideas between fishermen and associations, scientists and conservationists from academia, governments and NGOs. If there were media present, this open discussion would not be possible for some participants. We are willing to provide contact information of experts in the field to the media for direct contact outside the context of this meeting. We appreciate your understanding.