Plight of the Ocean Sentinels

A briefing to the 66th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) from October 24-28, 2016 in Slovenia.

This report explores some of the major environmental threats facing cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises), from plastic, chemical and noise pollution to climate change, bycatch and ship strikes.

We also offer recommendations to IWC Contracting Governments on future steps to expand the IWC’s efforts to conserve the world’s cetacean populations.