While Australia is blessed with a wonderful diversity of marine mammals, their lives are not without peril. They face many threats, including:
• habitat loss and degradation
• toxic pollution
• ship strike
• underwater disturbances from ships, oil and gas operations, and military exercises
• oil and gas extraction
• entanglement in fishing gear
• the impacts of climate change.
The great whales must contend with these threats while still recovering from a century of commercial whaling that took many species to the brink of extinction. Worse still, Japan, Iceland and Norway continue to hunt certain whale species in contravention of a 1986 IWC moratorium against whaling.
WWF-Australia is actively working to protect our whales by:
• creating new whale sanctuaries and advocating for a National Network of Whale and Dolphins Sanctuaries
• supporting research to fill critical knowledge gaps
• building the conservation agenda of the International Whaling Commission
• working to preserve the moratorium against commercial whaling and end whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.