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WCC 2020 Res 094 - Progress Report

General information
IUCN Constituencies implementing this Resolution
IUCN Members: 
Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Republic of Korea ( MOF ) / Korea (RK)
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN Species Survival Commission 2021-2025 (SSC)
IUCN Secretariat: 
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
Osan University
Indicate which actions have been carried out to implement this Resolution : 
Convene stakeholders/Networking
Policy influencing/advocacy
Describe the results/achievements of the actions taken: 
Two meetings have been held to promote regional collaboration between a wide range of stakeholders. The first was held virtually on November 25th, 2020. It was organised and hosted by the Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and WWF Korea. This meeting included participation from scientists and policy makers from Japan and China, as well as scientists from around the world with expertise in bycatch reduction. The second meeting was held on September 23rd, 2022. It was a hybrid conference, hosted at the Chungcheongnam do Provincial Government, organised by Osan University and funded by the Ministry of Fisheries, Republic of Korea. This second meeting had both in-person participation from regional stakeholders and online participation from speakers around the world. Participants included scientists, policy makers, and representatives of Civil Society Organisations. Presentations ranged from technical presentations on ongoing Narrow-ridged finless porpoise (NRFP) population and status assessments in different range countries and bycatch mitigation trials, to presentations focusing on increasing public awareness and support for conserving the species and reducing bycatch. Discussions included the importance of range countries fulfilling the actions recommended in Resolution 094 as well as the additional incentive to reduce NRFP bycatch presented by the United States Marine Mammal Protection Act Import Ruling. The organisers of this second conference intend to build on the momentum of the conference by inviting regional stakeholders to form a Working Group that will focus on implementing the resolution. The IUCN SSC Cetacean Specialist Group supported the organisation and delivery of both meetings, and has had regular meetings with the Korean Member Focal Point for Motion 094, who has lead the efforts to organise both conferences and to form the regional working group.These two meetings have created vital links and inspired ongoing dialogue between government agencies, scientists, and civil society organisations in the three narrow-ridged finless porpoise range countries. The knowledge exchanged in 2020 helped to catalyse more research into population status and trends, as well as trialling of porpoise excluder devices on the fishing gears that are associated with the highest levels of porpoise bycatch. Stakeholders involved in these meetings are also working within each range country to raise public awareness and institutional support for bycatch reduction. This public awareness will be critical if any market-based incentives to reduce bycatch are to be trialled.
What challenges/obstacles have been encountered in the implementation of this Resolution and how were they overcome : 
The range country stakeholders report that in China the Chinese White Dolphin and the Yangtze finless porpoise receive greater attention from both the government agencies responsible for conservation and the general public. They are working to raise the profile of NRFP as well.
Briefly describe what future actions are needed for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Convene stakeholders/Networking: A regional multi-stakeholder working group will be formed to focus on implementing the different elements of Resolution 094.
Education/Communication/Raising awareness: The group based in Osan University has plans and funding to engage in education and awareness raising activities in Korea.
Scientific/technical activities: Ongoing research to monitor populations of narrow-ridged finless porpoises.
Are these actions planned for yet: 
Status of implementation
Status of implementation for this Resolution: 
Initiated: first stages of implementation
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