What is WWF doing to protect whales?

Physeter catodon, Sperm whale. Researchers taking identification pictures of a whale about to dive ... / ©: Morten Lindhard / WWF-Canon
Physeter catodon, Sperm whale. Researchers taking identification pictures of a whale about to dive close to a WWF boat, Norway.
© Morten Lindhard / WWF-Canon
WWF is working with members of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to encourage whale conservation around the world.

At IWC meetings, WWF lobbies vigorously to prevent pro-whaling nations gaining the majority vote that could overturn the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling and reverse progress that has made the conservation of whales, not hunting, the IWC’s focus.

We will continue to work with IWC member nations to prevent a return to uncontrolled commercial whaling, and promote whale conservation in the face of marine pollution, climate change, ship strikes, fisheries bycatch, noise pollution and other human-induced threats.

That means making the IWC an effective international forum for the conservation of all cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises), particularly those that are endangered.

We are working to encourage the establishment of additional whale sanctuaries in the South Pacific and South Atlantic, and to strengthen existing sanctuaries. We also support countries wishing to establish whale conservation initiatives.