While it is difficult to focus on anything other than the global and local challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Marine Mammal Commission continues its work to protect and conserve marine mammals and their ecosystems. Our thoughts are with all of those who have been impacted by the virus and we look forward to a time beyond the present difficulties. Currently, the Commission is following the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 disruptions on marine mammal research even as we continue our work on our priority topics . Many scientists and policy-makers are asking questions about how changes in human activity, such as shipping and fishing effort, as a result of the response to the COVID-19 virus may affect marine mammals and their ecosystems. Reductions in surveys and monitoring of critical populations and marine mammal stranding response are two areas of particular concern to the Commission.