Howard Martenstyn, Director Research, CRIOMM made a 30 minute presentation on marine mammals to a standing ovation at Sri Lanka Upstream 2013 held at the Mount Lavinia Hotel. The conference organised by the Petroleum Resource Development Secretariat (PRDS) provided a platform that connected Sri Lankan companies to international operators in the Oil and Gas industry. Building on the foundation laid at similar road shows that were held in Houston, London and Singapore; the event showcased Sri Lanka’s potential in the industry to top executives representing international oil giants.
Speaking about the early days of CRIOMM, Howard went on to show the diversity and abundance of marine mammal specifies that are found in Sri Lankan waters. He pointed out geographical locations and places from where one may go whale watching. Having displayed the spectacular marine mammals, he went on to explain why Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world to see marine mammals. Finally, Howard made the audience aware of where we are today and where we need to go as it relates to research, conservation and regulation.
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