Conservation database

At IWC67 in October 2018 the Commission endorsed a proposal from New Zealand to revise the existing template for voluntary conservation reports and develop an integrated database. The detailed proposal, which includes the detailed rationale for changing the reporting template, is in Document IWC/67/CC/10 (also available to this meeting as document CC/68A/INFO/05). Read more

Bycatch threats to Cetacean Conservation and Management Measures Taken/Proposed

Bycatch
Country: United Kingdom
Section: Current threats to cetacean conservation and management measures taken/proposed
Status: Active

All Reports to the European Commission on activities conducted by the UK under Regulation 812/200422, and under Article 12(4) of the Habitats Directive, provide details of the monitoring work undertaken in the UK and estimates of cetacean bycatch. The most recent reports on cetacean bycatch in UK waters submitted to the European Commission under the requirements of EC Regulation 812/2004 and Article 12 of the EU Habitats Directive can be found on the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website.

External URL: http://randd.defra.gov.uk/Default.aspx?Menu=Menu&Module=More&Location=None&ProjectID=18535

Current government programmes related to cetacean conservation

Ship Strikes
Country: Australia
Section: Current Government programs related to cetacean conservation
Status: Active

NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR REDUCING VESSEL STRIKE ON CETACEANS AND OTHER MARINE MEGAFAUNA

Assessing the level of risk posed by vessel collisions to cetaceans – building on a project that assessed the risk of large vessels colliding with humpback whales in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

External URL: https://www.awe.gov.au/environment/marine/publications/national-strategy-reducing-vessel-strike-cetaceans-marine-megafauna

Current government programmes related to cetacean conservation

Anthropogenic underwater noise
Country: Australia
Section: Current threats to cetacean conservation and management measures taken/proposed
Status: Active

The Australian Government continues to implement and promote a set of requirements aimed at minimising the impacts of seismic activities undertaken for oil and gas exploration. Practical standards to minimise the risk of acoustic injury
to whales in the vicinity of seismic survey operations, and provides guidance on the legal responsibilities of proponents undertaking the activities.

The Australian Government’s National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) is the sole regulator of all offshore petroleum facilities in Commonwealth waters, and in coastal waters where state powers have been conferred. NOPSEMA is a Commonwealth Statutory Agency.

External URL: http://www.environment.gov.au/epbc/publications/seismic.html

Current government programmes related to cetacean conservation

Whale watching
Country: Australia
Section: Information on WhaleWatching operations
Status: Active

The management of whale watching in Australia is a multi-jurisdictional arrangement between the Australian Government, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and state and territory governments.

Australian National Guidelines for Whale and Dolphin Watching 2005 

Australian National Guidelines for Whale and Dolphin Watching 2017.

External URL: https://wwhandbook.iwc.int/en/country-profiles/australia

Current government programmes related to cetacean conservation

Bycatch
Country: Brazil
Section: International cooperation activities
Status: Active

The Brazilian government is a party to multilateral cetacean agreements, such as the IWC, CITES, and CMS.

External URL: https://cites.org/eng/parties/country-profiles/br

Current government programmes related to cetacean conservation

Conservation Management plans
Country: Australia
Section: Current Government programs related to cetacean conservation
Status: Active

Government Cetacean Management Workshop – This is an annual forum attended by all relevant states and territories which allows for the timely identification of cross-jurisdictional cetacean issues, the sharing of management experience, and review and comment on emerging cetacean policy issues (both in Australia and overseas). 

Cetaceans Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Roundtable – the Australian Government holds roundtables on cetacean matters with NGOs twice a year. This helps to ensure that issues of concern to civil society on cetacean policy and management at both national and international levels, are identified, discussed and addressed by the Government, as appropriate.

 

External URL: https://www.awe.gov.au/environment/marine/marine-species/cetaceans/legislation

Current government programmes related to cetacean conservation

Bycatch
Country: Brazil
Section: Current Government programs related to cetacean conservation
Status: Active

The government funds projects regarding the conservation of the franciscana dolphin, these projects should provide important new information on bycatch levels and estimates of abundance for the entire distribution range of the species in Brazil.

External URL: https://www.funbio.org.br/en/programas_e_projetos/franciscana-conservation/

Current government programmes related to cetacean conservation

Whale watching
Country: Brazil
Section:  Legal developments
Status: Active

Act No. 444/2014 of the Ministry of the Environment of Brazil determines the "Official National List of Endangered Fauna," including mammals.

Currently Federal Law 7643/87 forbids the hunting and harassment of cetaceans in Brazilian waters and the Edict 117/96 (modified by the Edict 24/2002) established the whale watching regulations.

A new National Conservation Action Plans (NAPs) for small and large cetaceans is being developed. 

External URL: https://www.icmbio.gov.br/cma/legislacao.html

Voluntary Cetacean Conservation Report

Conservation Management plans
Country: Spain
Section: Current Government programs related to cetacean conservation
Status: Active

Conservation Plan of Orcinus orca in the Strait and Gulf of Cadiz, approved in 2017 (Order APM / 427/2017, of May 4). It establishes two critical areas for killer whale. In the area of Ensenada de Barbate, Conil and Banco Majuán, the use of active systems for underwater or underground exploration and the developing of whale watching activities, whether commercial, private or scientific, are forbidden from March 1 to August 31.

External URL: https://www.boe.es/diario_boe/txt.php?id=BOE-A-2017-5474