IWC-SORP Research Fund: 2022 progress reports from funded projects
Elanor M. Bell (Compiler)
The IWC?s Southern Ocean Research Partnership (IWC-SORP) was proposed to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 2008 with the aim of developing a multi-lateral, non-lethal scientific research programme that would deliver coordinated and cooperative Southern Ocean science to the IWC. Currently, there are 13 member countries in the Partnership: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa and the United States. IWC-SORP is an open Partnership that welcomes new members. Its ethos is one of open collaboration, communication and data sharing. There are currently seven endorsed and ongoing IWC-SORP themes: 1) ?The Antarctic Blue Whale Project?; 2) A project aimed at describing the ?Distribution, relative abundance, migration patterns and foraging ecology of three ecotypes of killer whales in the Southern Ocean?; 3) The ?Foraging ecology and predator-prey interactions between baleen whales and krill? project; 4) A project to investigate the ?Distribution and extent of mixing of Southern Hemisphere humpback whale populations around Antarctica?? focused initially on east Australia and Oceania; 5) The ?Acoustic trends in abundance, distribution, and seasonal presence of Antarctic blue whales and fin whales in the Southern Ocean? project; 6) The right sentinel for climate change: linking foraging ground variability to population recovery in the southern right whale; and 7) Recovery status and ecology of Southern Hemisphere fin whales. Further details of all the IWC-SORP themes can be found in the IWC-SORP Annual Report, SC/68d/SH07, and at https://iwc.int/sorp.