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

Chair: Jennifer Lonsdale, Environmental Investigation Agency
Vice Chair: Mark Simmonds, Humane Society International-UK
Marine Policy and Campaigns Manager: James Luetchford, 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 Defra Minister of State, George Eustice, and the UK Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission, Dr Gemma Harper, to discuss outcomes from the most recent meeting of the Commission (IWC66) in Slovenia, as well as to offer information and support for future meetings.

The Group is also progressing activities to help mitigate the effects of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination on marine mammals. A meeting was recently convened with officials from Defra and the Environment Agency to discuss the latest research findings and present international and domestic policy options for addressing the issue.

For further information, contact James Luetchford, Link’s Marine Policy and Campaigns Manager.

Last updated: 08 March 2017.