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UNEP/CMS MoU on the Conservation of Cetaceans
and their Habitats in the Paciﬁc Islands Region; Garrigue, C. et al., Movement of individual humpback whales between
wintering grounds of Oceania (South Paciﬁc), 1999 to 2004, J. Cetacean Res. Manage, in press.
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Humpback Whale movements within the South Paciﬁc
Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Mortality due to entanglement and collisions with ships has been reported within the Southern Hemisphere. To varying degrees these threats are all present in both the Oceania region and the Southern Ocean.
The International Whaling Commission’s Southern Ocean Whale
Sanctuary and temporary moratorium against commercial whaling offers limited protection to Humpback Whales from commercial whaling, but scientific whaling remains a threat. There is no focused mechanism to address any of the other threats faced by Humpbacks at this end of their migration.