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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: Spencer Clubb, Link

Update from the Group

The Whales Working Group continues to share information relating to cetacean bycatch in EU and UK waters as well as ongoing initiatives relating to whale, dolphin and porpoise conservation and welfare. The group recently met with Minister of State George Eustice and the UK Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission to discuss outcomes from the most recent meeting of the Commission and to offer information and support for future meetings.

Finally, the group is advancing activities to help mitigate polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) pollution in marine mammals. It recently met with officials from Defra and the Environment Agency to discuss the latest research findings and present International and domestic policy options for addressing the threat to marine animals from PCBs.

For further information, contact Spencer Clubb, Link's Marine Policy and Campaigns Manager.

Last updated: 17 February 2017