Global, standardised southern right whale qualitative visual health assessment protoco
Claire Charlton, Els Vermeulen, Sandra H?rbst, Emily Gregory and Fredrik Christiansen
This paper aims to provide a global, standardised southern right whale visual health assessment protocol for endorsement by the IWC SC Southern Hemisphere sub-committee at the 2021 meeting (SC/68C). The protocol builds on the visual health assessment completed by Pettis et al. (2004) for North Atlantic right whales, and Hörbst et al. 2018 (SC/68A/SH/13) for adult southern right whales. Visual health assessments leverage from long-term photo-identification catalogues of SRWs in their wintering grounds to be able to assess the health of known individuals over time, which can be evaluated in relation to their reproductive success.