Summary of WWF’s Review of Shipping and Cetaceans, and request for IWC technical input and support
Gianna Minton on behalf of WWF
International Whaling Commission
WWF has commissioned a global review, titled ‘Shipping and cetaceans: A review of impacts and mitigation options for policy makers and other stakeholders.’ This Review summarises information on the impacts of ship strikes and shipping-generated underwater noise on cetaceans, describes mitigation measures available and in use, and based on these, makes recommendations for best practice. It is intended for use by WWF offices around the globe, other NGOs, IGOs, and shipping regulators and policy makers. The report is in near-final draft stage but would benefit from the inclusion of one additional case study illustrating the implementation and evaluation of underwater noise mitigation measures. WWF is seeking engagement from the IWC Scientific Committee to review the report to ensure the topic is represented accurately and to recommend an additional case study for inclusion. Once finalised, WWF invites the IWC to use this report to support its own recommendations for mitigating shipping impacts on cetaceans and for the implementation of its strategic plan on mitigation of ship strikes and its developing programme on underwater noise.