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Assessing Cetacean Conservation Trends and Related Issues
This paper provides background to the issue of species and populations of cetaceans believed to be at risk of extinction, including a table that summarises the statuses of the ninety species and 73 other distinct taxonomic units and subpopulations according to the IUCN, and highlights some of the issues arising.
Note is taken of the recent statement by over 300 scientists from across the world highlighting the plight of cetaceans and calling for better, swifter and more precautionary action.
The role of the IWC in monitoring the statuses of cetaceans and addressing threats is discussed along with some suggestions for capacity building.
The authors are continuing to work to better understand the challenges presented by cetacean conservation and would be pleased to report back further in due course if so requested.