IWC Eastern South Pacific Southern Right Whale Conservation Management Plan â€“ Progress Report April 2019
Barbara Galletti Vernazzani
Eastern South Pacific southern right whale population found off Chile and Peru is one of the most threatened whale populations worldwide. In 2012, the International Whaling Commission adopted a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for this population. In 2016, the first implementation strategy was adopted and effectively completed in 2018. Activities conducted over the last period include the first Multinational Combined Capacity Building on Cetacean Stranding and Entanglement Response Training, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of Chile and Peru, and the beginning of the implementation of a Passive Acoustic Monitoring program to identify a breeding area, among others. Furthermore, in 2018 the Commission endorsed a new CMP implementation strategy 2019-2020. The CMP proves 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.