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The IWC Expert Advisory Panel on Entanglement Response

Whale disentanglement is complex and dangerous.  It involves small boat handling, ropes under high tension, sharp blades and panicked wild animals.  There are safety and legal protocols, and a number of detailed assessments must be made including condition of the animal, nature of the entanglement, weather and conditions, and available resources.

The IWC brings together the leaders of established national disentanglement programmes.  They share their knowledge and expertise to develop best practice protocols which are used to train nominees and build professional and effective response capacity in other parts of the world where entanglements occur. 


The Expert Panel is coordinated by David Mattila.