Key research questions of global importance for cetacean conservation

  • ECM Parsons, S Baulch, T Bechshoft, G Bellazzi, P Bouchet, AM Cosentino, CAJ Godard-Codding, F Gulland, M Hoffmann-Kuhnt, E Hoyt, S Livermore, CD MacLeod, E Matrai, L Munger, M Ochiai, A Peyman, A Recalde-Salas, R Regnery, L Rojas-Bracho, CP Salgado-Kent, E Slooten, JY Wang, SC Wilson, AJ Wright, S Young, E Zwamborn, WJ Sutherland
  • Endangered Species Research, February 2015, Inter-Research Science Center
  • DOI: 10.3354/esr00655

Key research questions to be addressed to support cetacean conservation

What is it about?

We consulted experts to list the key research questions that, if answered, would significantly enhance the conservation of cetacean populations globally.

Why is it important?

Funding and resources are limited so it is critical to prioritise where research money and efforts are invested for maximum conservation gains. We highlight 15 areas (knowledge gaps) that should receive priority attention to encourage future efforts in cetacean conservation.


Dr Phil J Bouchet
University of Western Australia

The list of questions is not exhaustive, given the large number of threats faced by cetaceans worldwide. However, our hope is that it will serve as a useful blueprint that can help agencies and policy makers prioritise funding and future activities for maximum conservation impact.

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The following have contributed to this page: Professor Edward Christien M. Parsons, Dr Phil J Bouchet, and Andrew John Wright