MEPC 57 - Ship strikes on whales

The IMO has in the past approved routeing measures proposed by individual states which aim to divert shipping away from threatened whale populations for the purpose of avoiding ship strikes on whales and further threatening the survival of certain whale species.


Following a submission at MEPC 57 by Australia, Belgium, Italy, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the Committee has agreed to add this issue to its work agenda for MEPC 58 on the basis that the focus of the work is to develop guidelines on advising the industry as to how best to avoid whale strikes.


It was, however, noted that there was a need for substantial research and information on the issue before practical guidance and measures could be considered. Consequently, it is likely that the next meeting will simply see states and NGOs submitting further information and thoughts on what measures may best be considered for use by the industry.


Additionally, it was noted that many of the whale threats were regional and any further work should take this into account.


Contact: Tim Wilkins