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Whaling - SF04002

Summary Objective

To enable Defra to participate fully in the activities and decision-making of the International Whaling Commission (IWC)

Description of Service and Functions

1. To participate in the annual meetings of the IWC, including the Scientific Committee and where appropriate inter-sessional scientific and administrative meetings of the IWC and to support or represent Defra as required.

2. To provide advice to Defra as required on scientific issues arising from the Consultative Forum on Whaling: to provide advice on the scientific issues related to the UK’s membership of the IWC, to provide advice on specific papers and the policy/science interface, in particular to advise on all aspects of the Revised Management Scheme (RMS), to formulate scientific aspects of UK proposals.

3. To maintain and develop knowledge, expertise and activity in respect of all relevant whaling matters; maintain contacts with the IWC and international scientific community and to advice on any developments.

4. To assess, evaluate and advise Defra on scientific, commercial and aboriginal whaling proposals submitted to the IWC by other countries.

5. To maintain regular contact with the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) on those matters.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2008

Cost: £163,586
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Marine Mammals              
Fields of Study
Freshwater Fisheries