The conservation of cetaceans can only be achieved through everyone’s combined effort. Entire countries need to agree on how and whether they want to protect these animals and decide on laws and actions to do this. It is then the Government’s job to control if these laws are being followed and put these plans into action. To aid the Government’s job fishermen can make it easier for animals to evade their nets. Most importantly, people need to be informed about the threats that cetaceans face and what they can do to protect them.
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) is an international agreement of 89 countries to regulate whale hunting. The decisions of the IWC are very important for the conservation of whales since it decides which and how many animals of each whale species can be hunted. These decisions are based on the advice of scientists and other experts.
Also very important for the protection of whales and dolphins are big non-governmental organizations (NGOs), founded by people who want to save whales and dolphins. One of those NGOs is the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC). It was founded over 25 years ago and works to improve the welfare and conservation status of all whales and dolphins. The WDC does this by telling people about what threatens the survival of cetaceans. It also tries to convince governments to make laws against hunting and pollution. Please visit their KidZone where you can find lots of interesting information about whales, dolphins, games, videos and much more!