A group of Pacific Island nations are today signing an agreement to strengthen efforts to save whales and dolphins in the South Pacific.

“There is a high level of support among Pacific people for conserving whales and dolphins. A growing number of Pacific nations are also declaring whale sanctuaries in their waters, most recently Vanuatu,” New Zealand Conservation Minister Chris Carter said.

“Until now the primary international forum for discussing whale conservation has been the International Whaling Commission, which is widely regarded in the Pacific as outdated, deadlocked and expensive for poorer countries to join and attend.”

The memorandum commits signatories to a whole range of initiatives to protect and preserve whales and dolphins, such as threat reduction measures and habitat protection. It comes into effect with four signatories, and up to 11 nations are expected to sign today.

Source: Press Release New Zealand Government

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