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The Whales Working Group works to ensure better protection of cetaceans through the reform of the International Whaling Commission into a conservation body, and by addressing other issues relating to cetacean conservation and welfare, both internationally and in UK waters.

Chair: Jennifer Lonsdale, Environmental Investigations Agency
Vice Chair: Mark Simmonds, Humane Society International
Marine Policy and Campaigns Manager: Sarah Stuart-Smith, Link

Update from the Group

This month the Whales Working Group continues to progress information sharing relating to cetacean bycatch in EU and UK waters as well as ongoing initiatives relating to whale, dolphin and porpoise conservation and welfare. Plans and strategy for responding to the outcomes of the recent the International Whaling Commission (IWC) held in October are ongoing. Monitoring of whaling by Iceland, Japan, Norway and the Faroe Islands continues.

The group is also advancing activities that members can engage in to help mitigate polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) pollution in marine mammals and produced a briefing on the issue for this month’s 'Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contigous Atlantic Area' (ACCOBAMS) meeting.

For further information, contact Sarah Stuart-Smith, Link's Marine Policy and Campaigns Manager.

Last updated: 1 December 2016.