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State of the Cetacean Environment: IWC Report Series

The IWC produces the State of the Cetacean Environment Report (SOCER) every year.  These environmental updates were first requested by the Commission in 1997, and have been produced annually since 2003 in order to help inform IWC discussions.  

The reports are compiled by three editors who are members of the IWC Scientific Committee, and the topics covered are wide-ranging, aiming to both reflect and help shape the ongoing work programme of the IWC. 

Regular sections of the SOCER include habitat degradation (including issues such as marine debris and ship strikes), chemical pollution, disease, noise impacts and mortality events (such as oil spills).  Positive developments (such as new marine protected areas or marine debris collection schemes) are also highlighted.  Each report provides a non-technical summary of the most recent published research, legislation and other relevant developments.  The SOCER has two components: a specific regional focus and a more general global update. 

The regional focus rotates on a 5-year cycle. The regions are:
Mediterranean and Black Seas
North and South Atlantic
North and South Pacific
Arctic and Antarctic (Polar)
Indian Ocean

The global section  aims to cover only the most recent and significant worldwide developments in the 12-month period since the previous SOCER.

In 2018, a Compendium was produced, consolidating the most recent 5 year cycle into a single, global document.

To read the Compendium please click here.

Year

Region

File

2003

Atlantic Ocean, Black Sea and Mediterranean

SOCER2003.pdf

2004

North and South Pacific

SOCER2004.pdf

2005

Arctic and Southern Ocean

SOCER2005.pdf

2006

Indian Ocean

SOCER2006.pdf

2007

Black Sea and Mediterranean

SOCER2007.pdf

2008

Atlantic Ocean

SOCER2008.pdf

2009

North and South Pacific

SOCER2009.pdf

2010

Arctic Ocean

SOCER2010.pdf

2011

Antarctic (Southern) Ocean

SOCER2011.pdf

2012

Indian Ocean

SC-64-E2-Final.pdf

2013

Mediterranean and Black Sea

SC-65a-E01.pdf

2014

North and South Atlantic Ocean

SC/65b/E01 Rev1

2015

Pacific Ocean

SC/66a/E03 rev1

2016

 

2017

Polar Seas (Arctic/Southern Ocean)

 

Indian Ocean

SC/66b/E02 rev1

 

SC/67a/E05 rev1

 

To read the 1997 Resolution establishing the SOCER, click here.