These non-governmental organizations have sent a very clear message to scientists -- those who provide factual information that counters the statements or beliefs of NGOs will be bullied and intimidated to silence our voices. This apparent disregard for truthfulness and scientific facts not only undermines the credibility of these NGOs, but also does a great disservice to other NGOs that respect and effectively use science to affect public policy.
Professor, Marine Mammal Research Unit, University of British Columbia
<a href="https://www.facebook.com/marinemammal?sk=wall" rel="nofollow">Dr. Andrew Trites</a> is a professor and director of the <a href="http://www.marinemammal.org/MMRU2/" rel="nofollow">Marine Mammal Research Unit</a> at the University of British Columbia, and research director of the <a href="http://www.marinemammal.org/" rel="nofollow">North Pacific Universities Marine Mammal Research Consortium</a>. He has been studying marine mammals in the North Pacific for over 30 years, and oversees a research program that includes researchers, students, technicians and support staff who undertake captive studies, field studies and simulation models that range from single species to whole ecosystems. His research program is designed to further the conservation and understanding of marine mammals, and resolve conflicts between people and marine mammals. He has <a href="http://scholar.google.ca/scholar?as_q=&as_epq=&as_oq=&as_eq=&as_occt=any&as_sauthors=%22AW+Trites%22&as_publication=&as_ylo=&as_yhi=&btnG=&hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5" rel="nofollow">published</a> over 200 research publications and has served on many advisory committees and independent panels that involve marine mammals and species at risk.
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