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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

In June the Whales Working Group continued to progress work relating to cetacean bycatch in EU and UK waters, as well as ongoing initiatives relating to whale, dolphin and porpoise conservation and welfare. Members of the Group also participated in the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) Scientific Committee on the UK Government’s delegation. Plans and strategy for the Biennial Meeting of the IWC in October are being developed. Monitoring of whaling by Iceland, Japan, Norway and the Faroe Islands continues.

For further information on the Group’s work please contact Sarah Stuart-Smith, Link's Marine Policy and Campaigns Manager.

Last updated: 12 July 2016