IWC Eastern South Pacific Southern Right Whale Conservation Management Plan ??? Progress Report April 2020
Barbara Galletti Vernazzani
International Whaling Commission
Eastern South Pacific southern right whale population found off Chile and Peru is one of the most threatened whale populations worldwide. Historically abundant, this population was classified as Critically Endangered by IUCN. The International Whaling Commission adopted a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for this population in 2012 and the Governments of Chile and Peru signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2018 to work on the conservation of this population. Important advances have been made during 2019-2020
particularly related to the Passive Acoustic Monitoring project, the collection of photo-IDs, and a genetic sample to aid in population identity, the educational environmental and media outreach program, and the planning of the third coordination meeting and the workshop on experience exchange on whale watching and research permits. Unfortunately, funding limitations and more recently the Covid-19 pandemic have affected the implementation of some of the activities. Additional funding will be needed in order to complete the 2019- 2020 Implementation Strategy. The CMP has proved to be a key framework to facilitate the implementation of conservation measures for this Critically Endangered population of whales and to enhance international collaboration for its long-term recovery.