Conservation database

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

This publicly accessible database is available from the IWC website and searchable by country or conservation theme in alignment with the Strategic Plan and Workplan of the Conservation Committee.
The database aims to streamline the reporting requirements on Contracting Governments, and improve the accessibility, effectiveness and reach of information submitted in Voluntary Conservation Reports.
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USA Whale Watching

Information on WhaleWatching operations
Country: USA
Section: Information on WhaleWatching operations
Theme: Whale watching
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This section outlines U.S. domestic efforts related to whale watching.

External URL: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/topic/marine-life-viewing-guidelines#overview

USA Current Government Programs Related to Cetacean Conservation

Current Government programs related to cetacean conservation
Country: USA
Section: Current Government programs related to cetacean conservation
Theme: Cooperation and Research, Strandings
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Cooperation with States, Tribes, Alaska Native Organizations, and Non-Governmental Organizations

External URL: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/

USA Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program

Reporting systems for cetacean injuries/mortality/strandings
Country: USA
Section: Reporting systems for cetacean injuries/mortality/strandings
Theme: Strandings
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The Marine Mammal Protection Act was amended in 1992 to formally establish the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP).

External URL: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/national/marine-life-distress/marine-mammal-health-and-stranding-response-program

USA Current Government Programs Related to Cetacean Conservation

Current Government programs related to cetacean conservation
Country: USA
Section: Current Government programs related to cetacean conservation
Theme: Cooperation and Research, Strandings
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Cooperation with States, Tribes, Alaska Native Organizations, and Non-Governmental Organizations

External URL: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/

USA International Research and International Marine Mammal Action Plan

International cooperation activities
Country: USA
Section: International cooperation activities
Theme: Cooperation and Research
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The U.S. Government, through the NMFS, the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, and other Federal agencies, undertakes a number of research projects on cetaceans in U.S. waters and overseas. 

External URL: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/national/international-affairs/international-marine-mammal-conservation

USA International Workshops and Collaborative Initiatives

International cooperation activities
Country: USA
Section: International cooperation activities
Theme: Cooperation and Research, Bycatch
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Since the 2016 IWC meeting, the U.S. has worked with international partners to reduce bycatch of marine mammals through gear modification and to support collaborative initiatives to better understand and mitigate serious injuries and mortalities of marine mammal.

External URL: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/national/international-affairs/international-marine-mammal-conservation

USA Legal Protections

 Legal developments
Country: USA
Section:  Legal developments
Theme: Other
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In the U.S., a cetacean species deemed to be “in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range” is protected as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

External URL: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/topic/endangered-species-conservation

USA Legal Protections

 Legal developments
Country: USA
Section:  Legal developments
Theme: Other
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Federal activities that may affect cetacean and other wildlife species, or their habitats, or other components of the human environment, must undergo an environmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

External URL: https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/summary-national-environmental-policy-act

USA Current Government Programs Related to Cetacean Conservation

Current Government programs related to cetacean conservation
Country: USA
Section: Current Government programs related to cetacean conservation
Theme: Bycatch, Other
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The Marine Mammal Commission (Commission) is an independent agency of the U.S. government charged by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to further the conservation of marine mammals and their environment.

External URL: https://www.mmc.gov/