[MARMAM] New Publication: Management and conservation at the International Whaling Commission: A dichotomy sandwiched within a shifting baseline

Barbara Galletti barbara at ccc-chile.org
Wed Jun 14 08:12:58 PDT 2017

Dear Colleagues, 


My co-authors and I are pleased to announce the publication of the following


Galletti Vernazzani, B., P. Burkhardt-Holm, E. Cabrera, M. Iñíguez, F. Luna,
E.C.M. Parsons, F. Ritter, J. Rodríguez-Fonseca, M. Sironi and M.
Stachowitsch. 2017. Management and conservation at the International Whaling
Commission: A dichotomy sandwiched within a shifting baseline. Marine Policy
83: 164–171.  <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2017.06.004>




The International Whaling Commission's (IWC) Scientific Committee provides
important advice to the IWC on a large variety of cetacean species,
sub-species and populations and the issues affecting them. Cetaceans are
facing increasing, non-whaling-related threats, and the Scientific Committee
(SC), in accordance with the Commission's requests, has strengthened its
conservation-oriented research work. A selection of the reports of the
Scientific Committee from between 1986 and 2012 was assessed for its: (i)
fundamental research; (ii) management; (iii) conservation; and (iv)
administrative content, and to identify potential trends over time.
Recommendations and their urgency were also examined, as implied from the
language used by the SC in its reports. The analysis showed that the work of
the Scientific Committee has increasingly been oriented towards conservation
issues over the period reviewed, but at the same time this conservation work
has received little funding. Increased support for conservation-related
research projects is warranted to promote the long-term survival of
cetaceans. Based on this review of the content and focus of the Committee
reports, the analysis suggested that its issued advice be made clearer,
whenever possible, and governments are urged to give due consideration to
this science based advice particularly when urgent conservation actions are
needed. In addition, more consistent funding of the IWC's
conservation-related research should be pursued to improve international
conservation outputs regarding cetacean populations.



The paper is available at:  <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2017.06.004>


Or you can request a PDF copy via email at barbara at ccc-chile.org 


Thank you,




Bárbara Galletti V.M.

Centro de Conservación Cetacea

Casilla 19178, Correo Alonso de Córdoba

Vitacura, Santiago - CHILE

F/Fax (56 2) 2228 2910

barbara at ccc-chile.org



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