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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

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. New research is informing actions the Group could take to help mitigate polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) pollution in marine mammals. Plans and strategy for the Biennial Meeting of the IWC in October are also being developed by members. 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: 2 September 2016