The Journal of Cetacean Research and Management is an open access peer-reviewed publication containing original scientific papers on the conservation and management of whales, dolphins and porpoises. The Journal is accompanied by an annual Supplement which contains the report of the IWC Scientific Committee meeting and intersessional workshops held during the relevant period. There are also a number of topic-based Special Issues.?
This meeting of the Conservation Committee was held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions and the postponement of the in-person meeting of IWC68 (originally scheduled for September 2020) until Autumn 2021. The remote meeting, drew on experience from the approach taken by the Scientific Committee in May 2020 and addressed the issues that most urgently needed to be progressed or for which decisions were required before the end of 2020, but did not cover all of the Conservation Committee agenda.
The meeting report can be downloaded here.
Journal of Cetacean Research and Management: Chemical Pollutants and Cetaceans (Special Issue 1)
This volume, the first special issue of the Journal of Cetacean Research and Management, traces the work of the IWC (International Whaling Commission) Scientific Committee on the issue of chemical pollutants and cetaceans. It culminates in the major research initiative, POLLUTION 2000+, agreed by the Committee and the Commission at the 1999 Annual Meeting held in Grenada.
The IWC has a long history of publication. Over 1700 scientific papers have been published by the IWC since the 1950s. JCRM was launched in 1999 to replace the scientific component of the Reports of the International Whaling Commission (RIWC) which is now also online with the aim of publishing original and quality papers that advance scientific knowledge and contribute to the conservation and management of cetacean species. An important feature of the Journal is that it encourages submissions from scientists worldwide including those for whom English is not their first language and from developing countries. JCRM is, of course, peer reviewed and has been supported by over 200 referees whose scrutiny has helped build the reputation and circulation of the journal.